Publishing House for African and Afrodiasporic Literature

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A. Igoni Barrett

„An inventive and playful interpretation of power and identity in modern Nigeria.“

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Die Erste Frau

Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi

“Remember, be a good person, not a good girl. Good girls suffer a lot in this life.”

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Lauri Kubuitsile

“Through exquisite, evocative writing, Kubuitsile weaves the story of these two resilient women who must overcome shocking odds in order to survive.”

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Could This Be Love?

Stefanie Hirsbrunner (Hrsg.)

"Your love looks like your oppressor, enjoys the privileges of your oppressor. If safe space is where you believe you are free from emotional harm, your white love looks like unsafe space. And dating white feels like betrayal."

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Portrait of Igoni A. Barrett in black and white © Femke van Zeijl

A. Igoni Barrett


A. Igoni Barrett was born in Port Harcourt, Nigeria, in 1979 and lives in Lagos. He is a winner of the 2005 BBC World Service short story competition, the recipient of a Chinua Achebe Center Fellowship, a Norman Mailer Center Fellowship, and a Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center Residency. His short story collection, Love is Power, or Something Like That, was published in 2013. In 2014 he was named on the Africa39 list of sub-Saharan African writers under 40. Blackass is his first novel.

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Portrait of Lauri Kubuitsile in black and white

Lauri Kubuitsile


Lauri Kubuitsile is a novelist and author of more than 30 children’s books. She has been awarded several awards such as The Golden Baobab Prize for African children’s writing, the winner of the Botswana Ministry of Youth, Sport and Culture’s Botswerere Prize for Creative Writing, and was a finalist for the 2011 Caine Prize. Her books are prescribed reading in schools in Botswana and South Africa.

Her historical novel, The Scattering (Penguin 2016), won Best International Fiction Book 2017 at the Sharjah International Book and was recommended by the Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction (UK) 2017. The North American rights have been bought by Waveland Press (USA) and it has been optioned for a film by a German production company.

Her second historical novel But Deliver Us from Evil was published by Penguin in May 2019. It was long-listed for the 2020 NOMMO award. In May 2020, her legal thriller/romance, Revelations, was published by Love Africa Press.

She lives happily in a village in Botswana with her daughter, grandson, three dogs and two cats.

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Portrait of Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi in black and white

Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi


Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi is a Ugandan novelist and short story writer. She has a PhD from Lancaster University. Her first novel, Kintu (Oneworld, 2018), won the Kwani? Manuscript Project in 2013 and was longlisted for the Etisalat Prize in 2014. She was awarded the 2014 Commonwealth Short Story Prize for 'Let's Tell This Story Properly', which featured in her first collection, Manchester Happened (Oneworld, 2019). She was awarded the prestigious Windham-Campbell Prize for Fiction 2018. In 2020, she was selected as one of 100 Most Influential Africans of 2020 by New African magazine. Her second novel The First Woman (Oneworld, 2020) was selected as book of the year by the Sunday Times, Observer, Daily Mail, BBC Culture and the Irish Independent and awarded the Jhalak Prize 2021. She lives in Manchester, and lectures in Creative Writing at various universities in the UK .

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About us

InterKontinental is a Berlin-based independent publisher, focussing on African and Afro-diasporic literature. The publishing house complements the same-named bookstore, opened in 2018 in Berlin-Friedrichshain, and the association for promoting African and Afro-diasporic literature. Our publishing program includes the German translation of those authors who are already widely celebrated by critics and readers alike internationally.


InterKontinental is the first bookstore specializing in African and Afro-diasporic literature in Germany. Since 2018, we have been offering the latest selection of fiction (German, English and French), non-fiction on politics and culture, children's and young people's books as well as classics of world literature in the middle of the lively neighborhood on Sonntagstrasse in Berlin-Friedrichshain.

In 2021 we were awarded the German Bookstore Award

African Book Festival Berlin

Once a year InterKontinental e.V. organizes the African Book Festival in Berlin, which brings together the most famous African and Afro-diasporic authors and artists and celebrates the many voices of the African literary scene in Berlin. All projects of the association are designed in terms of content from the African side, which is why the festival curator and thus the content focus changes every year


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