Ascovime Volunteer Publishes Children’s Book

Anselme Djeukam, who is a daily volunteer with Ascovime on the ground in Cameroon, has just published another delightful children’s book.  Anselme writes and illustrates children’s books in French in the back room of his small house in Yaounde, Cameroon which are then sold by Harmattan books all over the world!   The books are beautifully written and illustrated and would make a fantastic addition to any personal collection.

In keeping with full disclosure, Harmattan books (and I’m sure other publishers as well) essentially rip off African authors when offering book contracts.  Typically, the authors receive a small flat fee, often a couple hundred dollars, for the full rights to their books and see no royalties whatsoever.  The publishers then go off and make huge profits as a result.

Despite the financials, Mr. Djeukam’s books are terrific and perhaps someone will one day offer him a reasonable contract as they would for European or North American authors.

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