Tsitsi Dangarembga.

Tsitsi Danganrembga, the renowned Zimbabwean writer and filmmaker who gave us the groundbreaking novel Nervous Conditions, will be teaching master classes at the Durban International Film Festival’s FilmMart 2017, on the adaptation of literature to film. Her lecture is titled “From Novel To Script,” and after it, she will be in conversation with Busisiwe Ntintili.

While she first made her name in writing, Tsitsi’s fame is also massive in film. In 1996, she founded Nyerai Films, a production company that saw her become the first black Zimbabwean woman to direct a film, Everyone’s Child. She also wrote the screenplay to Zimbabwe’s highest-grossing film, Neria. Nyerai Films has since been a channel through which she has brought women into the film industry. Her company is currently adapting Imran Garder’s novel The Thunder That Roars.

In a phone conversation with African Independent‘s Helen Herimbi, she stated:

It’s really nice because I look at it as recognition of the contribution I have made to film on the continent and in the region. I look forward to meeting with the new generation of filmmakers. That’s always interesting.

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Otosirieze Obi-Young’s writing has been shortlisted for the 2016 Miles Morland Writing Scholarship, the 2017 Gerald Kraak Award, and nominated for a 2015 Pushcart Prize. His fiction has appeared in Transition (“A Tenderer Blessing,” 2015), The Threepenny Review (“Mulumba,” 2016), and Pride and Prejudice: African Perspectives on Gender, Social Justice and Sexuality (“You Sing of a Longing,” 2017), an anthology of The Jacana Literary Foundation and The Other Foundation. His work further appears in Interdisciplinary Academic Essays, Africa in Dialogue, and Brittle Paper, where he is submissions editor. He is the editor of the Art Naija Series: a sequence of concept-based e-anthologies of writing and visual art focusing on different aspects of Nigerianness. The first anthology, Enter Naija: The Book of Places (Oct., 2016) focuses on cities. The second, Work Naija: The Book of Vocations (June, 2017) focuses on professions. He attended the University of Nigeria, Nsukka and currently teaches English at another Nigerian university. When bored, he blogs pop culture at naijakulture.blogspot.com or just Googles Rihanna.

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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.

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