Ọkpara House is a producer of Igbo content. Through art and design objects, prints, and various media, our mission is to harness the power of good design, dialogue, and academic research as powerful agents to stimulate, reactivate, elevate, and reimagine Igbo culture. Ọkpara House Publishing creates beautiful books that reimagine the rich and vibrant Igbo folktales. Spurred by a lack of representation, we create new narratives and assert control over our image and knowledge assets. We want to stimulate and normalize our story by connecting our present to our past. We are setting standards for African- inspired storybooks while making relevant our cultural assets on contemporary lifestyles.
Obi Nwazota’s book, subtitled Why We Do Not Grow Beards, illustrates “an art of female beautification.”
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Open Country Mag publishes essential, in-depth stories in African literature, contextualizing the continent in the global conversation. Our stories—including book reviews and groundbreaking longform Profiles—are a foundational collection of ideas and attitudes undergirding the industry. Our work requires quality dedication, which we have, and funding, which we lack. Will you support our cultural journalism?