West African Book Publishers Limited (WABP) was incorporated as a limited liability company on August 7, 1963. It is one of the earliest indigenous publishing houses in Nigeria. From the outset, WABP was to pioneer the publishing of books and magazines of international standard and this resulted in the publication in 1964 of Yoruba Ronu, a photoplay magazine edited by the late dramatist, Hubert Ogunde. Following the success of this entertainment publication, two other photoplay magazines, Atoka and Magnet, were introduced to the Nigerian market in 1967. Atoka was so enthusiastically received that it ran virtually uninterrupted for 22 years. Other magazines produced by the company then were Lagos Life and Monthly Life.