Griots Lounge Canada: Official announcement and acquisition of the trademark

By June 29, 2020No Comments

In a meeting recently held by the founding members of the board of Yagazie Media Limited, the parent company to the Griots Lounge trademark, a decision was reached to officially register and trademark Griots Lounge Publishing Canada as an independent entity to publish and release a mix of African and North American styles of storytelling or literature to the readers and lovers of literature in North America. By this resolution, Griots Lounge Publishing Canada has been officially and independently birthed in Winnipeg Manitoba, and also registered with the Library and Archives of Canada. All titles and trademarks formerly under Yagazie Media Limited have been transferred to Griots Lounge Publishing Canada.

From the right: Bibi Ukonu (Head, Griots Lounge Publishing Canada) with Asst. Prof. Arthur Anyaduba (Assistant professor of English, University of Winnipeg) at a book event in Winnipeg.


Griots Lounge Publishing Canada has already scheduled her first release of Bibi Ukonu’s award winning collection of short stories, paperback and audiobook, titled Things That Start Small but Sweet, to the lovers of literature this summer 2020. Also scheduled for release in 2020 are five more titles of adult and children’s fiction, poetry and non-fiction. Although Griots Lounge Publishing Canada is less than a month old in Canada, she can already boast of a list of new and future releases that will entirely change the literary scene in the region and open a gateway for Canadians into more of African and North American literature. Griots Lounge Publishing Canada has been crafted to be that plug between Africa and North America as regards arts and literature.

By this notice, the board of directors would also wish to let lovers of literature and followers know that the Griots Lounge Publishing trademark will henceforth be headquartered in the city of Winnipeg, but maintain operations in the cities of Owerri, Lagos, Ibadan and Accra Ghana through her business partner – Yagazie Media Limited. As we intend to spread to more North American cities in the next couple of years, we also wish to let our followers know that Griots Lounge is alive and well in all the cities that we have touched base with before now.

We also wish to appreciate organizations and business partners, especially the McNally Robinson Booksellers, for the partnership as regards to our titles. We are sure to have a seamless and healthy business relationship with you in the beautiful country of Canada. We appreciate all business partners in Nigeria, Ghana and South Africa, and most importantly the beautiful Griots Lounge family of creatives. It is because of you that we have the guts to cast our nets this far.

We wish to inform that, while our head office has changed, our website and social media platforms remain the same as listed below.

Website: www.griotslounge.com

Facebook: /GriotsLounge

Instagram: @griotslounge

Twitter: @GriotsLounge


Thank you!



Bibi Ukonu

Bibi Ukonu

BIBI UKONU is an architect, poet and novelist. He is published online, and in print magazines, such as Pyramid Magazine and Twilight Musings of the International Library of Poetry. He is also the Editor of CityDezigns Magazine, and writes about Architecture and Sustainable Development. THINGS THAT START SMALL BUT SWEET is his second collection of short stories.

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