Hello everyone, this year we’ve been fairly quiet on our blog and social media, so you may be wondering what’s going on over here at Obi and Titi HQ. Well…… as some of you know we moved from the UK to the Caribbean at the end of 2017 and in 2018 we had a lot of work to do to settle in and develop our strategy for our new location – and it’s been fun and interesting.
We’ve continued to enjoy lots of success and support with our first book series – The Adventures of Obi and Titi – and are delighted to say that we released book 6, The Great Walls of Benin, earlier this year. We’re proud of this book as it has allowed us to continue to showcase some of the wonderful achievements of the ancient West African kingdom of Benin. So far, the response to this book has been fantastic with both children and parents enjoying the journey of Obi and Titi as they aim to save their kingdom. We’re currently working on book 7 which we hope to release some time next year. We’ll keep you posted, but in the meantime, you can purchase books 1 to 6 online at Amazon or through one of our stockists – My Book Basket, The Listening Tree, Book Love and Treasures Book Shop.
We’re also keen on using engaging approaches to support children’s learning. We still have our activity sheets and learning resources which you’re all very welcome to use to support your children’s education and development. You can explore these under the resources section of our website. Something new we’re exploring is creating a video game. This is a long way off, but the wheels are in motion and you can look at some early work on this in the video below.
Another area we’re testing out is e-learning which will focus on providing an introduction to African history for the whole family. Let us know your thoughts on this and if this is something that you would find useful.
In terms of the business side of things, sales have significantly picked up (have trebled in fact!) as we’ve discovered more strategic ways to promote our books that work better than social media. We’ll share this with you in another article.
We’re constantly looking for ways to reach new readers so if you know of a school, after-school club or bookshop that may be interested in our books, then please do let us know. We’d love to reach out to them.
Well…that’s our update for now. We’ll be in touch more regularly in 2019 so you’re kept up-to-date with our work. All that’s left to say is Happy New Year! We wish you all a fantastic year ahead.
The Obi and Titi Team