Subscribe to Newsletter
Monthly Newsletter: Join more than 3,000 African literature enthusiasts!
Subscribe for African literature news, and receive a free copy of our "Guide to African Novels."
hawa-jande-golakai

Hawa Jande Golakai (Writer)

On December 6th, history was made in South Africa with the inauguration of the Abantu Festival. Black writers in South Africa and from other parts of the continent gathered in Soweto to celebrate African writing and literary culture.

Novelist Panashe Chigumadzi, one of the festival’s main curators, was inspired, in part, by Ake Art and Books Festival held in annually in Abeokuta, Nigeria. She and fellow organizers assembled an impressive group of writers, artists, and culture influencers around the idea of African writing and other aesthetic forms. Chika Unigwe, Lebo Mashile, Lidudumalingani, and Zukiswa Wanner are just a handful of the many important literary figures on the guest list.

It was a beautiful event, a much-needed intervention in a South African literary landscape dominated by white writers.

As stated in the festival website, “our mission is to set up a literature event that provides black writers and readers the platform and visibility they deserve.”

For those of us who weren’t there, we have the next best thing: Lidudumalingani’s photographs. The winner of the 2016 Caine Prize for African Writing is, as you all know, a photographer and filmmaker.  Even though he was at the festival as a guest, he had his photographer’s hat on as well and took a series of beautiful and powerfully expressive photographs.

Kudos to Chigumadzi and the Abantu Festival team. We look forward to all the wonderful things they’ll do with the platform in the future.

Thanks to Lidudumalingani for letting us share these images with our readers.

Enjoy!

malebo-sephodi

Malebo Sephodi

mathahle-stofile-the-matte-project-and-siphiwe-mpye-writer

Mathahle Stofile (The Matte Project) and Siphiwe Mpye (Writer)

writer-amogelang-maledu

Amogelang Aaledu (Writer)

zuko-of-zuko-collective

Zuko of Zuko Collective

zuko-of-zuko-collective-2

Zuko of Zuko Collective

essayist-bongani-madondo

Bngaoni Madondo (Essayist)

writer-unathi-magubeni

Unathi Magubeni (Writer)

r1-06778-0011-copyr1-06777-0025r1-06777-0033

Tags: , , , , ,

I hold a doctorate in English from Duke University and recently joined the Marquette University English faculty as an Assistant Professor. I love teaching African fiction and contemporary British novels. Brittle Paper is the virtual space/station where I play and experiment with ideas on how to reinvent African fiction and literary culture.

No comments yet.

Leave a Reply

I hold a doctorate in English from Duke University and recently joined the Marquette University English faculty as an Assistant Professor. I love teaching African fiction and contemporary British novels. Brittle Paper is the virtual space/station where I play and experiment with ideas on how to reinvent African fiction and literary culture.

Monthly Newsletter!

Subscribe for African literature news, and receive a free copy of our
"Guide to African Novels."

Archives

Cassava Republic Warns Against the Deletion of Local Publishing Houses

cassava republic books

A few days ago, publishers Cassava Republic published on their site a trend in which Nigerian media de-prioritize the work […]

Crime-Writing as Political Engagement in Moroccan Literature

InstaBox_201861813422729

Among the best known Moroccan writers are Laila Lalami, UNESCO-Sharjah Prize winner Bensalem Himmich, Grand Atlas Prize winner Youssef Fadel, Prix Goncourt […]

Mo Abudu Announces Film Adaptation of Soyinka’s Death And The King’s Horseman

mo abudu WOLE-SOYINKA premium times

Nollywood personality Mo Abudu, CEO of EbonyLife Television, has announced a film adaptation of Wole Soyinka’s Death and the King’s Horseman. She […]

Writivism: Complaint About Public Slander by Bwesigye Bwa Mwesigire | Novuyo Rosa Tshuma

novuyo tshuma

Last week, Novuyo Rosa Tshuma, author of House of Bones, lodged a formal complaint with the Writivism Board of Trustees, in […]

Chimamanda Adichie Awarded the 2018 PEN Pinter Prize for Her Courage

adichie - port

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie has been awarded the 2018 PEN Pinter Prize. Named after Harold Pinter, the 2005 Nobel Prize in Literature laureate, […]

The Unfortunate Events Around Enkare Review: Statement from Troy Onyango

InstaBox_er-2018610174830952

The Enkare Review Collective released a statement yesterday regarding the erasure of the website. This is Troy Onyango’s statement in […]

Thanks for signing up!

Never miss out on new posts. Subscribe to a digest, too:

No thanks, I only want the monthly newsletter.