Bibi Bakare-YusufBibi Bakare-Yusuf PhD


Nigeria

 

Occupational Information


Job Title: Founder & Publisher Cassava Republic Press

Professional History


Bibi Bakare-Yusuf is a publisher who co-founded. Cassava Republic Press in 2006 and is the Publishing Director. The company is focused on publishing quality African writing at an affordable price. Cassava Republic is a social enterprise, driven by the dream to re-develop a reading (and writing) culture in Nigeria, as part of the bigger project of re-imagining Nigeria. She has said that stories carry great significance in culture and that narratives in books give shape to the people they represent as they find voices like their own in their country's literature. She has articulated this in a TEDx talk titled Diversifying the Voices of African Literature. Bakare-Yusuf has won several awards for her disruptive work in publishing, including one by the International Excellence Awards 2018 in conjunction with The Publishers Association in London for Inclusivity in Publishing and the Brittle Papers African Literary Person of the Year. In 2019, Cassava Press also published Making Futures: Young Entrepreneurs in a Dynamic Africa written by Sangu Delle, a 2019 Tutu Fellow. Her PhD thesis explored the relationship between embodiment and memory in the African diaspora, examining structures of retention found in New World cultures. In 2020, she was named to The Africa Report's Top 50 Disruptors.

Qualifications


BA Hons in Anthropology and Communications from the University of London
PhD in Gender Studies from the University of Warwick

Program


2008 Archbishop Desmond Tutu Leadership Fellow


Additional Search Tags: Anthropology, Communication, Publishing, Social Enterprise

Featured News

Norman Smit
15 December 2022

With the lifting of COVID travel restrictions, the Fellows have been busy at various high-level convenings including the Commonwealth Heads of Government forum (CHOGM) in Kigali, Africa Climate Week in Gabon, the African Green Revolution Forum (AGRF) Summit in Kigali, and the United National General Assembly (UNGA) and its various side events at General Assembly. 

At such carefully-curated events of high-level policy influencers, the Tutu Fellows network is always disproportionately represented.

Norman Smit
15 December 2022

As a result of AFLI’s success with the Tutu Fellowship Programme, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has awarded AFLI a grant to design, deliver and oversee the Calestous Juma Science Leadership Fellowship programme in partnership with them and other partners. It begins in 2023 with a cohort of 14 inaugural Fellows from across the continent. Their bios can be viewed at the Gates Foundation site.

Norman Smit
09 December 2022

2008 Tutu Fellow Hopewell Chin'ono was honoured as a winner of the International Anti-Corruption Excellence Award in Doha, Qatar.  The Zimbabwean journalist and muckraker received the award from the Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani in the presence of the UN Special Advocate for the Prevention of Corruption. 

Also present at the ceremony was the President of Rwanda, Paul Kagame, and Under Secretary General, Ghada Waly. 

Norman Smit
01 December 2022

AFLI Founders Peter Wilson and Sean Lance were honoured by the University of the Western Cape at the UWC's gala ceremony on 30 November 2022 at which gold medals and honorary doctorates were conferred. The UWC held a dedicated gala ceremony to recognise individuals who have acted with excellence and distinction to improve the lives of others.

Sean and Peter received gold medals for the work they have done in establishing the African Leadership Institute and investing in young leaders of Africa through the Tutu Leadership Fellowship.

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Tutu Fellowship COVID-19 News

Tutu Fellows have been active in addressing the challenges Africa is facing due to the coronavirus pandemic.  We have a new section highlighting some of the work being done by the Fellowship.
 

About AFLI

AFLIICONCROPPED

 

The African Leadership Institute (AFLI) is unique among leadership initiatives in that it focuses on building the capacity and capability of visionary and strategic leadership across the continent. Developing exceptional leaders representing all spheres of society, the Institute’s flagship programme is the prestigious Archbishop Tutu Leadership Fellowship. Offering a multifaceted learning experience and run in partnership with Oxford University, it is awarded annually to 20-25 carefully chosen candidates, nominated from across Africa. Alumni of the African Leadership Institute form a dynamic network of Fellows passionately committed to the continent’s transformation, bridging the divide between nations and ensuring that Africa is set centre-stage in global affairs.

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