Subscribe to Newsletter
Monthly Newsletter: Join more than 5,000 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

Welcome to Brittle Paper, your go-to site for African writing and literary culture. We bring you all the latest news and juicy updates on publications, authors, events, prizes, and lifestyle. Follow us on Twitter and Instagram (@brittlepaper) and sign up for our "I love African Literature" newsletter.

Monthly Newsletter!

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

Archives

The Heart of It: Working Through Xenophobia in South Africa | Ruksana Elk

XENOPHOBIA - South African civil society and private citizens march in protest against xenophobic violence in Johannesburg. EPA-EFE and Yeshiel Panchia

READ: 15 Pieces to Guide Your Understanding of Xenophobia in (South) Africa Talking xenophobia with South Africans of all classes […]

The Brittle Paper Interview with the Caine Prize 2019 Winner: Lesley Nneka Arimah

Lesley Nneka Arimah with bust of Sir Michael Caine - credit to John Cobb slash Caine Prize

In July, Lesley Nneka Arimah received the 2019 Caine Prize, the award’s twentieth edition, for her short story “Skinned,” published […]

Hollywood or Nollywood? As Americanah TV Series Goes to HBO, Actress Stella Damasus Suggests Industry Slight & Chika Unigwe Responds

danai gurira, lupita nyong'o, chimamanda adichie, stella damasus, chika unigwe

The Americanah TV series adaptation, starring Lupita Nyong’o and written by Danai Gurira, has been ordered by HBO Max. The […]

15 Pieces to Guide Your Understanding of Xenophobia in (South) Africa

xenophobia in south africa - photo by guillerme sartori for agence france press and getty images

Once again, this September, xenophobic violence was unleashed on other Africans, mostly Nigerians, in South Africa: businesses were closed, shops […]

Johary Ravaloson’s Return to the Enchanted Island Is the Second Novel from Madagascar to Be Translated into English

johary ravaloson - winds from elsewhere - graph (1)

In May 2018, we brought news of the first novel by a writer from Madagascar to be translated into English: […]

Sundays at Saint Steven’s | Davina Philomena Kawuma | Poetry

unsplash3

when god runs out of money (how, no one says) once a week, these days, we come to where the […]

Thanks for signing up!

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

No thanks, I only want the monthly newsletter.