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Do You Remember the Pacesetters Books?

Hi Guys,

Do y'all remember Pacesetters books? They are published by Macmillan and Popular titles include Evbu My love, The Cyclist, Sisi, Kidnapped, Too Cold for Comfort, Black Cobra, etc.

They used to be Popular in the 80's when I believe most of us were growing up. Guys respond!

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Can anyone provide a current and working phone number?

Thanks

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I heard they are back. Is that true? If it is, contact me on tessadoghor@gmail.com

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I love those books. Who is up for writing for them again? I am interested.

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i seriously have no idea why this keeps cracking me up.

lord have mercy.

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I must read just a handful mostly by borrowing or my older-cousin-passed-it-down-to-me-thing.

The one I loved the most and can't forget and wis it was turned to a movie is The Worshippers it was a thriller

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Oh! This have just refreshed my memory. Remember some like:

Tell Me No More

Rich girl, Poor boy

The betrayer

Tell me no more

The worshippers

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i remember this title but not the storyline as you described it here.

likewise.

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Was realy thrilled by Bloodbath at Lobster close, very nostalgic. Read almost all the series.

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I still have some: CROSS FORE, STONE OF VENGEANCE, COUP, MARK OF THE COBRA. They were all wonderful novels.

Our so called NOLLYWOOD should have at least convert it to home video. or better still the MACMILLIAN should re-publish it.

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Thank you!

You do speak the truth. Slow and steady.

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Congrats! Its really great that Tesco shoppers can buy more books by African writers. And its also good to see African writers getting beyond the usual publishing and literary ghettoes. You truly do us proud!

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Tesco sells them now, wow!

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They are available here -

https://sslrelay.com/www.pacesetternovels.com/sess/utn154d813267c6139/shopdata/index.shopscript

and here also -

http://www.tesco.com/books/browse.aspx?N=4293713897

They can also be found on Amazon UK.

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i love Evbu my love, christmas holiday, the director, I love em all jooor!

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Yeah, the author's name is Sam Aryeetey. That's a book I wanna lay my hands on and reread it again. I remember part of the story line, an unmarried girl is pregnant before the dipo rites and her pregnancy is exposed during the tribal ceremony which makes her an outcast in the community. She flees with her boyfriend to a city where she gives birth to a baby girl and is taken in by a loving family, but eventually, she dies, and her boyfriend is denied access to his daughter. He dies later on and the girl falls in love with who? The son of the family that took in her pregnant mother? I know the girl later on contacts her mother's family who insist that she has to undergo the dipo rites ceremony also.

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"Harvest of love" written by one Ghanian.

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http://www.africabookcentre.com/acatalog/index.html?http%3A//www.africabookcentre.com/acatalog/Pacesetters.html&CatalogBody

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I'm glad to tell you guys. That the books are still available in some bookshops in ibadan. I bought some not too long ago. Or you could go to any macmillian publishing office.if you are interested pls let me know i'll be glad to help out. Thanks

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Those who miss the Pacesetters series can probably visit the Ilupeju office at Industrial Avenue (opposite Zenith Bank). I was there yesterday (27th October 2010) and got like 14 titles at a low price of NGN280 each. I had previously bought three titles at NGN350 each at a book fair.

You may not get all the great titles but you would have a good selection.

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thanks, @asamuel. What an awesome place www.kalahari.com.ng is.

Never knew that there's such an online shop in Nigeria

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buy all your books from www.kalahari.com.ng

plus DVDs, cameras, laptops, toys, games, whatever.

www.kalahari.com.ng

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Did anyone buy from that website, wanna buy all of them for my future kids men, those novels rocked my childhood, started reading at age 7 and its a superb hobby, Reading is,

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OMG, I remeber those pacesetter novels, use to go crazy reading them,

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@Candy

May the Lord bless your might heart!!!

Thanks for the list.

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oh my God! I remember those books. . .my favs in no particular order

Evbu My love,

Sisi

Too Cold for Comfort

Bloodbath at Lobster(sp) close.

Time Changes Yesterday

Gah! I'd so love to get my hands on those books again.

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Can't forget them ever!

Evbu my love

The hopeful lovers

Sisi

For Mbatha and Rabecca

Bloodbath at lobster close

Undesirable element

The delinquent

Felicia

Too cold for comfort

Synphony of destruction

Too young to die

Agony in her voice

Meet me in Conakry

The smugglers

The betrayer

The cyclists

Christmas in the city

Coup

Director

Equitorial assignment. . .

Read too many of 'em! Still have many of them stacked somewhere in my house in naija!

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Yes O! i remember the first i read was Sisi, then Evbu my love, Bloodbath at lobsters close, the cyclist, Felicia, Too cold for comfort, christmas in the city, mark of cobra, on the road, tell me no more, agony in her voice, the worshippers, money doublers, stop press: murder, for Mbatha and Rebecca, rich girl poor boy, wages of sin and the list goes on and on, i had so many of them,

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the pacesetter series were definitely IT!!!! this thread has brot back some good old memories, if they r really in the market, then am surely back in,

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Mark of the Cobra. On the Road.

I cant even remember the other pacesetter books I read but I know they were definately interesting.

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halo nnenna, if this is u kindly write me back, u attended bonny camp pry school with me, and ur friend saviour. anyhow if this is the nnenna we are looking for, it will be great 2 reunite with us again. reply me at themba.okoye@gmail.com

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awww, thanks for bringing back the golden memories of my time in naija. I beg who didnt read pacesetter series? That was when reading culture was in naija, when you see a primary school kid reading a novel with more than 200 pages. OMG our reading culture has dramatically gone down the rail! I remember when i first read "The Undesirable Elements" i couldnt stop reading it! How I wish naija could be like it was b4!

Why cant the Nollywood use pacesetter series to do their movies instead of the useless storyline they re now using?

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yeah really good one here.i remember them very well.the cyclists,evbu my love etc.i wonder if they are still in the markest.

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i loved loved pace setters that was what brought me into the world of romance novels, after my lady bird & Enid blyton series,

When i first read 'Undesireable element' i thought that was the bomb until i started reading others, "ebvu my love", "rich girl poor boy" e.t.c i read a whole lot of them until i stopped seeing them, i even re-read some. very delicious. i loved the African setting, i loved d modesty in d ladies & men in those books. Its a real scary movie to what we have now.

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I also was a BIG fan of the Pace-setters novels - just wondering if Nollywood ever thoght of using Pace-setters novels as a movie script.

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At the last Nigerian International Book fair, the books were on display and i realise that they are still available. They requested that i should write some stories for them but i had to decline because i wouldn't have the time.

This may however be an opportunity for those may want to approach Macmillan with their manuscripts. Who knows,

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pacesetter, back in primary school,if u weren't reading those then u weren't "in".

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"On the road" by Kalu Okpi was a bomb! that guy could write. Coup by the same author was also very good. I think he was the best of the lot. Phillip Phil-Ebosie was another very interesting pacesetter author.

As a child i had a very active imagination, after reading "sweet revenge" i thought of carving my own gun and pulling off my own bank heist, thank God i did not have the requisite carving skill.

I also loved "tell me no more" i remember the book was so captivating and i could not drop it, i was reading in under my desk while my English teacher was delivering his lecture. he noticed i was not paying attention and on close examination he discovered what i was doing, he promptly seized the book. when i tried begging him to return the book after the lecture he harshly told me "tell me no more" to give you this book. he eventually returned it after about 4 weeks when i caught him reading it in the staff room.

If you can recall the storyline in "The Cyclist", the bicycle repairer told his wife to enter the room and prepare for conjugal activity when he learnt that the woman's 1st husband had just returned from the Biafra war. back in those days that part of the story seemed like full blown Indecency. i remember visiting that particular page several times afterwards. ( i was under 10 yrs at the time). i used to get a kick by just reading that portion over and over again.

i can go on and on about the funny experiences i had with each of those books.

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You're very right, the book i was confusing it with was "death is a woman" by Dickson Igbavini! Classic!

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see and buy pacesetters novels here

https://sslrelay.com/www.pacesetternovels.com/sess/utn;jsessionid=1546c51c158384e/shopdata/index.shopscript

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Pacesseter novels and African Writers series. Now, those ones are also classics, and it is unfortunate that the series is no longer being published. I think those series actually gave some publicity to African writers. Now is there an umbrella that all African writers, the new generation could publish, so that their works can be classifed as African literary pieces?

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i cant remember much of the stories anymore lol

i used to have a whole library of them but. . . time is a thief of memories.

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The Wages of Sin is definitely the title of the book I described (though I do not know the name of the author so I cannot confirm if it is Ibe Oparandu).

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Who remembers this novel? It's about a girl, from Ghana, who becomes pregnant from an illicit relationship. Her efforts to conceal the pregnancy fails when she is exposed by the dipo rites of her community. So, she is banished, and from there, she flees and takes up residence in a particular city in Ghana. She lives with her caretaker as a maid, delivers a baby girl, and then, I think her daughter falls in love with the son of the caretaker. I have forgotten the name of the novel, and would like to read it again.

Does the synopsis ring a bell?

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I don't remember the title of the novel, but I think the synopsis rings a bell. Ok, the novel I read was about a man who fell in love with a girl with a promiscuous past. His mother was adamantly opposed to the relationship, telling him that she dresses provocatively. When she would bring it up with her, she would dismiss her worries that it was ok, since both of them were women. Then, one day, the woman runs away with another man and when she is caught, she denies it. Proof of the affair surfaces with dishevelled clothes, and from there, I think the man forgives her. An incident may have occured that ended the relationship, and the man marries a new wife. The former lady however, tries to get in touch with him, visits him at his house, and pleads her case before him. Soon, his pregnant wife comes out and declares her love for the husband, and he chooses his wife over the former lover (or could have been his ex-wife). Defeated, the woman leaves them, and I think from there, committed suicide at her house.

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I used to love Pacesetters when I was a wee lass.

The Delinquent, The Undesirable Element, Sisi, Too Cold for Comfort, Sweet Revenge, Agony in her Voice, Love on the Rocks, Bloodbath at Lobster Close, The Cyclist, For Mbata and Rebecca (I hope I got the spelling right), e.t.c.

I could go on and on. Who can remember the title of the pacesetter where the guy had a girlfriend. He went abroad i think and she was promiscuous and kept sleeping around. When he came back he wanted to marry her despite people telling him of her infidelity. To cut a long story short, they went sightseeing somewhere in igboland and inside the cave the girl disappeared to shag another guy, so the protagonist dumped her. By the time the she had been through the mill and came back to beg him, he was already married and his wife was preganant.

If you remember this book, please post the title on this thread.

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