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About Us


About Us
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.

Our Dream

As a wholly indigenous publishing company, WABP has established itself in the forefront of the industry. The company is determined to sustain this growth by ensuring its operational processes are continually reviewed and improved. We believe, by channelling quality human and material resources rightly, operating in line with statutory and regulatory requirements, and best global best practices, we will continually fulfil the funding fathers’ dreams, meet customers’ yearnings, satisfy the employees, reap good returns on investment and drive the organisation to greater heights. .

Our Mission

To publish high quality books and diaries of international standard through the use of up-to-date methods and research for the wholesome development of the individual and society. .

Our Vision

To be the foremost publishing firm in West Africa, educating future leaders. .

Core Values

Integrity  Diligence   Efficiency  Accountability  Excellence.

Our Reputation

WABP's outstanding performance over the years in the publication of high quality diaries, books and other printed matters has earned her favourable reputation. Hence, commendation and recommendation from individuals, business organisations, professional bodies, stakeholders in the educational sector, the government circle and international bodies, continue to swell. Some of WABP's books have received international awards. Ifa Festival (Odun Ifa) by Dr. Abosede Emanuel, won the 2001 Noma Award for publishing in Africa, while in 2004, A Dictionary of Yoruba Personal Names by Ijoye Dr. Adeboye Babalola, won an Honourable Mention for the Noma Award..

Our Personnel

As a dynamic publishing house, WABP's list of published works is on the increase with more interesting titles being added yearly. These exploits have been made possible by a vibrant formidable personnel, a lot of hardwork and determination. The staff strength of the company is over 120 with the Directors and Managers steering the affairs of the organisation. Our pride lies in the extensive experience and professionalism of our staff in the various units of the publishing outfit. We recruit, empower and upgrade our employees to improve our processes, meet up with global best practices and surpass clients' expectations. . .

Technical Capability

Our blend of fast operation, optimal productivity and prompt delivery is made possible by the solid backing of our sister company – Academy Press Plc, with whom we print our jobs. The advanced technical expertise of AP Plc, with her array of modern printing and finishing machines, amongst other resources, has distinguished our products and continually given us an edge over our competitors. .