Love’s Persuasion

About the Author

Ola Awonubi was born in London to Nigerian parents and grew up in Nigeria.
On returning to England, she went on to spend three years taking intermediate and advanced writing courses at the Centerprise Literature Development project in Hackney before studying for an MA in Creative writing and Imaginative Practice at the University of East London.

A wide range of themes influence her writing - universal themes that people any where in the world can identify with. Family, love, relationships are a particular interest. For her thesis for her MA in Creative writing - she wrote a collection of short stories that reflected how colonialism had changed African society, culture and relationships.

In 2008 and 2009 respectively, she won two prizes; one for the short story 'The Pink House' in the National Words of Colour competition, the other, 'The Go-Slow Journey' for the Wasafiri New Writing Prize in the fiction category.

Since then she has had two stories featured in anthologies – Illusions of Dreams published in Naijastories and Green Eyes and an Old Photo in African Roar 2013. Other short stories have been published on African, Brittle Paper, Story Time, This Reading Life, and She has featured in Words of Colour, the Newham Recorder and Amina magazine, a woman's magazine with large readership in the French-speaking world.

She has recently had her first book – Love’s Persuasion – a slight adaptation of Jane Austen’s Persuasion – published by Ankara Press – the romance imprint or Cassava Republic. The theme is a second chance to find love again and the story is set in the hustle and bustle of Lagos and London. She is currently working on a collection of short stories based on the African experience, and another romantic novel.
About the Book
Love’s Persuasion is one of the first six titles in the series published by Ankara Press the romance imprint of Cassava Republic Abuja.

Ankara Press a fresh new voice publishing romantic fiction for the African market, and is devoted to publishing easy-to-read, purse-size books with African settings, storylines and characters. The Ankara Press series launched in December 2015 with six new titles, set in locations as diverse as Lagos, Jos, Cape Town and the Obudu Mountain Resort in Cross Rivers state.


Things are changing for the staff of Lagos firm City Finance, and not necessarily for the best. But for Ada Okafor, a bright, dedicated and beautiful trainee accountant, the only change worth noticing is the dashing, British-trained new assistant managing director Tony Okoli. Ambitious and determined, Ada ignores her feelings for Tony and focuses on juggling her work in accounts with completing her degree in business and finance. But their love of books draws them closer together and soon they embark on a secret relationship. They soon discover that the course of love does not run smooth and a host of obstacles - from Tony’s disapproving family to jealous colleagues - litter their path. Their passion for each other is truly tested as they fight to persuade themselves and the world that love, in the end, trumps social status.

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Avaliable at for introductory price of N500 – also available in £ and $. The romances have been published initially as e-books, and are easily downloadable to mobile devices.

Links to publications by Ola Awonubi:

'The Go Slow Journey’, winner 1st prize in the Wasafiri International Writing Competition 2009. Published in the Wasafiri Journal Issue No 61 spring 2010

'The Pink House' winner 1st prize in the Words of Colour writing competition 2008

Short story - Illusion of Dreams published in Naija Stories - Of Tears and Kisses, Heroes and Villains - An Anthology of Short fiction from Nigeria.

Understanding English - Story Time March 2012

Green Eyes and an Old Photo – African Roar 2013


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