The West Africa Book Development Fund (WABDF) was established to use funds from sales of books published under the Legacy Book Series of the Development Alternatives and Resource Center (DARC) to publish other books of seminal importance to West Africa.


There are very few good books that document the arts, culture and development in Nigeria in particular, and West Africa. If this trend is allowed to continue, a lot of our history will remain unknown and untold and future generations will have very few books to refer to. The few good seminal books available are either of poor quality, or published outside Africa by non-Africans. Part of the reason for this is the dearth of funds for the publication of such books in Nigeria and West Africa.


WABDF, therefore, seeks to bridge the gap between publishable ideas and actual books published while reducing the reliance on foreign funding.



To promote the publication of important seminal books in West Africa.



To raise funds for the publication of seminal books and help to support documentation of works of art, culture and development in West Africa.



The West Africa Book Development Fund has the following objectives:

  1. Provide a sustainable means by which important seminal books get published.
  2. Generate funds through the sales of published books, which will help in documenting the culture of the peoples of West Africa.
  3. Enhance the reading culture of West Africa by helping to provide good quality seminal books.
  4. Raise awareness about the WABDF’s initiative.




Emeritus Professor J. P. Clark

Advisory Board Members

  1. Innocent Chukwuma -Ford Foundation, West Africa Office
  2. Sola Coker -Booksville Limited
  3. Moses Ohiomokhare -Quintessence (Nigeria) Limited
  4. Marc-André Schmachtel -Goethe-Institut Nigeria
  5. Igho Sanomi -Taleveras Group
  6. Bolanle Austen-Peters Terra Kulture
  7. Bisi Silva -Centre for Contemporary Art
  8. Ngozi Ezi-Ashi -Development Alternatives and Resource Center


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