It all started with Ayobami Adedayo’s Stay With Me. A hurried search might I add. I wanted to buy the book but remembered Glendora Bookshop didn’t have it last time I visited it’s Ikeja shop. After a chat with an Instagram African Literature books flat lay photographer. I got referred to Roving Heights Books. Dumping skepticism at the foot of curiosity I searched Roving Heights’ Instagram page.
Roving Heights also RH Books is an online bookstore for all books fit to read. They are based in Nigeria. I liked three things about buying Love Does Not Win Elections for my Cuteness from them.
Love Does Not Win Elections by Ayisha Osori had a captivating synopsis which reminded me of my dear friend fondly called Cuteness. Very few female politicans in top Nigerian political positions write books about their experiences. With the Nigerian political landscape based on nepotism which favours male candidates. Ayisha Osori’s run for House of Representatives and it’s disappointments birthed this compelling book. Cuteness would be in Lagos two days after I sent a direct message to RH Books and he wanted the book. A lover of politics himself, he wanted to read Ayisha’s story. My quest for Stay With Me halted as I began an order.
“Why don’t you buy books online?” Is a question no one really asked me. I love walking into a bookshop, climbing tall, dark wooden shelves with my eyes and caressing multiple print textured books. Ignoring the higher level of excited anticipation of an online order. I liked these three things about this online bookstore.
Roving Heights has prompt service delivery. A lot of online businesses lack this. Most times it’s feels like the business went to use the bathroom while you are negotiating the logistics of your order. After my inquisitive direct message they shared the book price and payment medium. They also collected my name, phone number and address. The book cost N3,800. A reasonable price as African Literature books cost between a range of N1,000 to N5,000. You can pay through whatever means into their given bank account. I did just that immediately. The delivery fee I paid to get the book the next day was N1,000. They stated if I waited till Friday to get the package it would cost N750. Impressively I’d never transacted that quickly with an Instagram business account before. RH Books prompt service didn’t end with placing my order. I got my book delivered before noon the next day! I was elated.
Packaging is everything! is a popular millennia saying. Roving Heights have that all brightly presented. I loved the bright coquelicot illustrated paper bag the book was placed in. Peek at the image above to see this eye catching red-orange gem. Tucked in between the leaves of the novel was a custom RH Books bookmark. Next to reading while eating is my love for bookmarks. I even collect clothing tags as bookmarks. Check my Instagram page to see some. I didn’t expect a bookmark.
Lastly, their Bookstagram page is all hearts and likes. They do sell a variety of books. Prose, poetry, memoirs from authors based on the African continent and beyond. In other words Roving Heights online bookstore is the one stop store for contemporary African literature reads. Their book photography and testimonials are beautiful and real. They interact with their over two thousand followers. The fact that my purchase supports a steadfast company and the economy is pleasurable. #buynigerian
This weekend try a new way of doing something you normally do. You might have as much fun as I did. If you do, comment below to let me know.
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