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Throw Back: Pacesetter Novels. How Many Have You Read?

The other day I had a lovely conversation with a lady about Nigerian literature. We spoke about different novels, the state of literature today, and she even recommended some Nigerian authors to me. During our conversation she asked me if I had heard about the Pacesetters Novels. She said I belong to the "Indomie Generation" and that the Pacesetters Novels were probably before my time. I laughed and started telling her the titles I have read and she was speechless. I guessed she realized she had never read as much titles as I have read. 
Anyone who grew up in the 80’s had a bite. It was the Facebook and twitter of those days. It was what you and your friends would talk about for hours. It was what you would compete over- how many pacesetters you had read, or titles and authors

The Pacesetters Series were a collection of 130 novels written by African authors (mostly Nigerian, but there were also Ghanian, Kenyan and South African writers) for an African audience. It was 1977 when Macmillan decided to publish the paperback series - with publication mainly happening between 1979 and 1988. They were very popular in the 1980s until the series disappeared in the 1990s as a result of structural adjustment programmes that obviously affected many industries in Nigeria, including the publishing industry, and I guess the Pacesetter series were one of those that was affected.

I love the covers. I know they're a bit garish, and so 1980s with their African pop art, but there's just something about them and how the colourful images portray what the novel is probably about. They are a testament to their time.

It's quite unfortunate that some of the series are no longer in print but It still turns out that some few titles of the Pacesetters novels are actually still available. I wonder if anyone out there who grew up with them, still has copies - as they're probably collector's items. 

Whether you grew up reading it and are feeling nostalgic, or are like some, who wasn't fortunate enough to grow up with (or read) them, We at Sunshine Bookseller are proud to tell you that we have as usual made efforts to import some of these great Novels from the UK for your reading pleasure. We are bringing to you just about 20 titles that we were able to collect for you. A big thanks to the lovely lady for reminding me about the Pacesetters series.

It would really be nice to get them and read them again, for pleasure and also for posterity; they are lovely stories.
Let’s do some reminiscing, so you can smile at the thrill of each memory.

RICH GIRL POOR BOY (Bode Osanyin); EVBU MY LOVE, YOU NEVER KNOW, FOREVER YOURS (Helen Obviageli); THE HOPEFUL LOVERS, DIRECTOR! (Agbo Areo); STONE OF VENGEANCE, THE WORSHIPPERS (Victor Thorpe); LOVE, ON THE ROAD, THE POLITICIAN, COUP (Kalu Okpi) ; THE UNDESIRABLE ELEMENT, THE INFAMOUS ACT (Mohammed Sule); SISI (Yemi Sikuade); TOO COLD FOR COMFORT (Jide Oguntoye); THE EQUATORIAL ASSIGNMENT, FOR MBATHA AND RABEKA (David G. Maillu); FELICIA (Rosina Umelo); DEATH IS A WOMAN (Dickson Ighavini); THE CYCLIST (Philip Phil-Ebosie); THE MONEY-DOUBLERS (Maurice Sotabinda); NAIRA POWER (Buchi Emecheta); THE BLACKMAILERS (James Mangut); CHRISTMAS IN THE CITY (Afari Assan); THE BETRAYER (Sam A. Adewoye); THE BLACK TEMPLE (Mohmed T. Garba); THE EXTORTIONIST (Chuma Nwokolo), the list still goes.

Below are the Titles we have readily available:

1.  For Better For Worse By Osman Pius Conteh
2.  For Mbatha and Rabeka By David G. Maillu
3.  The Blackmailers By Joseph Mangut
4.  Dangerous Inheritance By Chuma Nwokolo
5.  Sweet Revenge By Victor A. Ulojiofor
6.  A Fresh Start By Helen Ovbiagele
7.  Angel of Death By Nandi Dlovu
8.  Felicia By Rosina Umelo
9.  A Picture of Innocence By A. Mhlope
10. Love's Dilemma By Walije Gondwe
11. Anything for Money By Akinbolu Babarinsa
12. Something to Hide By Rosina Umelo
13. Love on the Rock By Andrew Sesinyi
14. Director! By Agbo Areo
15. Betrayal By Sam A. Adewoye

16. The Night of the Full Moon By Muheki Rushedge 
17. The Gun Merchant By Kwasi Koranteng
18. Stone of Vengeance By Victor Thorpe
19. Finding Francis By Damian Asabuhi
20. Sisi By Yemi Sikuade 

I must confess that it really cost us a lot of money to ship these books down from the UK considering the exchange rate of the British Pounds to Naira. Each copy actually should cost N1,500 but because we want to make it affordable to all, we have decided to sell each for N1,000.

Delivery is free within Ibadan and cost just N500 to deliver to Lagos (Call Taofeeq on 07085518188 if your delivery address is in Lagos) and you can also pay on delivery if you are in Lagos or Ibadan. Just text your Name, Delivery address, Best time to delivery to 08028708577 and someone will bring all the available titles to you and you can pick the ones you want and Pay on Delivery (Please note that this is applicable in Lagos and Ibadan only).

Ibadan people can also come to 2, Durowade Crescent, Olopomewa Area, Sango-Eleyele Road, Ibadan, to buy their copies.

It is payment before delivery to other states and payment should be made only to the account details below 

Bank Name: Guaranty Trust Bank (GTB)
Account Name: Sunshine Bookseller
Account Number: 0029337629

Delivery to  Abuja, Port Harcourt, Umuahia, Minna, Ilorin, Eboyi, Onitsha, Aba, Enugu, Onisha, Owerri, Nasarawa, Abakaliki, Ilorin, Port-Harcourt, Cross River and Balyesa will cost just N1,200 and delivery will be via Peace Mass Transportation Courier Service.

Delivery to Benin City and Warri will also cost you just N1,200 and delivery will be via Eagle Line Transportation.

Delivery to Kano, Kastina, Sokoto, Jos, Kaduna, Niger will cost just N2,000 and delivery will be via public transport. The driver's details will be sent to you and you will also speak with the driver at the point of sending to arrange how best to meet at his destination and collect books.

Delivery to other location can be arranged with us for the best option. Just call 08028708577.  


Culled from: http://bookshybooks.blogspot.co.uk/2012/04/throwback-pacesetters-series.html

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  1. How I wish I was in Nigeria to be able to get a copy of any of these books.

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  2. could I get them in South Africa?

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