Fellowship Year: 2008
Nationality: Nigeria
Job Title: Founder & Publisher
Organisation: Cassava Republic Press

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Job Title: Founder & Publisher

Organisation: 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.

Bibi 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.

She was Board Chair of TIERs, an LGBTQ rights and advocacy organisation for ten years.

Academic and professional credentials: BA Hons in Anthropology and Communications from the University of London
PhD in Gender Studies from the University of Warwick

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The African Leadership Institute (AFLI) 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.