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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 is deputy editor of Brittle Paper. He is a judge for the 2018/19 Gerald Kraak Prize. He is an editor at 14, Nigeria’s first queer art collective, which has published volumes including We Are Flowers (2017) and The Inward Gaze (2018). He is the curator of the Art Naija Series, a sequence of e-anthologies of writing and visual art focusing on different aspects of Nigerianness, including Enter Naija: The Book of Places (2016), which explores cities, and Work Naija: The Book of Vocations (2017), which explores professions. His fiction has appeared in The Threepenny Review and Transition. He has completed a collection of short stories, You Sing of a Longing, is working on a novel, and is represented by David Godwin Associates literary agency. He combined English and History at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, is completing a postgraduate degree in African Studies, and taught English at Godfrey Okoye University, Enugu. Find him at otosirieze.com, where he accepts writing and editing offers, or on Instagram or Twitter: @otosirieze. When bored, he Googles Rihanna.

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