Publishing gives us an opportunity to tell the fascinating stories that may miss the mainstream. Our main focus has been Ghana, West Africa, where we work with local authors and academics on new titles that are both well-produced and affordable for their audience.
Learning How to Play to Win was professor Nana Araba Apt’s very personal contribution to the 50th anniversary of Ghana’s Independence. Mot Juste published this title with book launches in Ghana, the UK and the Netherlands.
Children’s Rights in Ghana is an academic textbook that had to be both affordable for students in West Africa and of a high quality. So many of Africa’s university textbooks are produced to a sub-standard quality or imports at prices beyond the means of students. The book is required reading for students of Sociology at the University of Ghana, as well as those following similar courses in other African countries.
It isn’t often that good news stories emerge from Africa. With the support from IFRA Nigeria, some 18 Ghanaian ‘thinkers’ – including a former Chief Economist of the Bank of Ghana, a director of Kosmos Energy, a former advisor to the Minister of Transport in Ghana and professor of Sociology – Positioning Ghana: Challenges and Innovations started the national debate in Ghana on governance, development and policy making in Ghana. Mot Juste contributed with editorial and content review, as well as the design of the cover and promotional material.
African Dance in Ghana is the latest title that looks at the life and work of Francis Nii-Yartey, a Ghanaian choreographer, dancer and academic. It tells the story of the development of traditional dance in West Africa and how it influenced contemporary productions. It was a real delight to learn about the dance culture in Ghana, post-independence.