The COPPA Book Awards Finalists Meet in Lusaka

In preparation for this year’s COPPA Book Awards, the finalists had a wonderful interaction meeting at East Park Mall in Lusaka.. This meeting was designed to provide them with a platform where they can get to know each other on a personal level and share ideas while showcasing their books. The organizers of The COPPA …

Jimmy Kayika, A 2024 Mandela Washington Fellowship Candidate

Jimmy Kayika, the esteemed founder and CEO of Zambian ARTS Publications and co-founder of The COPPA Book Awards, has been honoured with selection by the US Department of State for the Mandela Washington Fellowship program. As a participant in this prestigious initiative, Jimmy Kayika joins a cohort of African young leaders bound for the USA …

The Team Reviews “Venus” by Jimmy Kayika

Zambian ARTS Publications is thrilled to share a recap of what transpired at the February 2024 book review program in Lusaka. The event was held at our usual spot at Meraki Café in Rhodes Park and featured seven readers, including the program host, Anna Zgambo. It is our culture to analyze and review locally written …

The COPPA Book Awards Initiative

What Is The COPPA Book Awards Initiative? The COPPA BOOK Awards initiative is an annual program dedicated to celebrating and honouring Zambian writers across various genres, including fiction, entrepreneurship and business, health, and more. Beyond recognizing literary achievements, it serves as a platform for fostering meaningful conversations between authors and readers and addressing critical issues …

Defining Successful Writing in Zambia

By Ingrid Nayame. Writing can be defined variously by different cultures, but good writing is universally understood. So what counts as successful writing in Zambia? Is it fame and wealth that decide if a writer is great? Or is it communicating people’s deepest experiences—their spirits, struggles, and pain? In Zambia, excellent writing may not use …

A Step Into “The Ancestral Codex”

“The Ancestral Codex” by the accomplished Zambian author, Mr. Soyapi Mapulanga, stands as a testament to his diverse professional journey, from a human capital executive in Panama to his roots in Lusaka, Zambia. Fueled by a profound passion for history and a commitment to preserving African knowledge, Mapulanga’s writings are captivating and dedicated to celebrating …

What You Need To Know Before Publishing Your First Book

Embarking on the journey of book publishing is an exciting and rewarding endeavour, but it requires careful consideration and preparation. Before you dive into the vast world of publishing, there are essential aspects to understand and decisions to make. In this blog, we’ll explore key factors to keep in mind as you prepare to unleash …

Zambian Nurse & UNZA Student Writes A Book

Margaret Kapansa Lesa, or Sister Margaret, is a dedicated Zambian Registered Theatre Nurse and student at The University of Zambia pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. Her strong Christian faith is evident as an active song leader at Winners Chapel Church International in Kitwe. With leadership roles in health, Margaret served as Sister in …

The Importance of Book Cover Design: More Than Just a First Impression

By Sydney Matakala Kasanda The age-old adage must be put to rest, as reality is that we frequently judge books by their covers. In the fiercely competitive world of publishing, a well-designed book cover plays a pivotal role in capturing the reader’s attention and enticing them to pick up the book. It serves as a …

Facing Your Own Fears

Written by Doreen Mwenda. They say fear hinders people from achieving their full potential, lowering self-esteem and causing a loss of confidence. This memory resonates with the fear I felt when Mr. Jimmy Kayika messaged me on a Sunday (19th June), asking me to represent Zambian Arts Publications at Annie Nyendwa’s book launch scheduled for …