For every business that is established here in Nigeria and elsewhere, the time comes when the company fights for its life; a time it must survive or die. Hybun Publications International was at this stage of its life in the days when it loaned its Publisher/Chief Executive Officer, Mr Hyacinth Obunseh to serve the Association of Nigerian Authors (ANA) where he served in various capacities for over a decade and a fraction years.
Today the story is not the same anymore. The company began to sing a new song since he left active service to the ANA late in 2011, to return and give the fifteen year old company the attention and guidance it needs to survive and grow at this time.
Hybun which has published such local and internationally acclaimed names as Mike and Angela Nwosu, Toni Kan, Akeem Lasisi, Diego Okenyodo, Chinyere Obi Obasi, Ahmed Maiwada, (three writers that took Hybun’s name to the Nigeria L.N.G sponsored multimillion dollar Nigeria Prize for Literature), E. E. Sule, Eberonwu, Halima Sekula, Yahaya Dangana, Isaac Ogezi, Mature Okoduwa, Emeka Agbayi, Obari Gomba, Sumaila Umaisha and Ikeogu Oke among other near a hundred established and upcoming voices able to hold their own in the comity of writers is set to take the publishing industry by storm with its recently published and soon to be titles.
In April, it released Breast of a Virgin, a play by Alex Maiyanga whose earlier collection of poems was also published by Hybun. Under a Darkling Sky, by Isaac Attah Ogezi hailed as one of the new generation writers who have found his voice as a playwright and critic was released to the reading public in July. Minna, Niger state born Osieka Osinimu Alao’s Apocyle, described by critics and academics as a poet’s delight would come off the press in July also.
The labour rights activist and poet, Comrade Azubuike Enwe’s Canticles of Poetic Trilogue would follow in October. A collection of three plays by Dr. Chris Anyoku, of the University of Lagos, which he titled Beyond the Wall, came next after the Comrades poetic treatise.
Fresh from press are two books that will no doubt excite critics, writers and academics. Behold your Scented Daughters by Omale Allen Abduljabar; a collection of poems by the Abuja based erstwhile ANA National Public Relations Officer and Princess of the Harmatharn by Dr. Seyi Adigun, immediate past Chairman of the Abuja branch of ANA.
Expected to come off the stables of Hybun before the end of the year are Twenty Stories from Home, an anthology of twenty short stories by Nigerian writers living at home and abroad, edited by Dr. Ngozi Chumah-Udeh, Head, Department of English, Anambra State University, Behind the Council, a novel by Joy Esuku, National Treasurer of ANA, and Call Me Mara, a long due collection of short fiction by the author of Valley of Decision, Hyacinth Obunseh.
With these literary harvests coming from the stables of the company, things are looking up for Hybun Publications International who have already set industry standard difficult to beat by its peers.
Anna Ijeoma Obunseh
Deputy Chief Executive Officer
Hybun Publications International
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