Tsitsi Dangarembga has been tapped to curate the 2019 Berlin Festival of African Writers. The event, themed “Transitioning from Migration,” will be held from 4-7 April 2019. It is presented by the literary agency InterKontinental, and will be attended by writers from across the continent.
The inaugural event, themed “Writing in Migration” and curated by Olumide Popoola, Nigerian-German author of When We Speak of Nothing, was held from 26–28 April 2018, at Kino Babylon, Rosa-Luxemburg-Straße 3010178, Berlin, and featured writers from Nigeria, Kenya, South Africa, Uganda, DR Congo, Zimbabwe, and Ghana. In attendance from Nigeria: Chris Abani, Chinelo Okparanta, Chika Unigwe, Bibi Bakare-Yusuf, Sarah Ladipo Manyika, Romeo Oriogun, Helon Habila, Jude Dibia, Ayobami Adebayo, Leye Adenle, and Elnathan John. From Kenya: Yvonne Owuor and Abdilatif Abdallah. From South Africa: Zukiswa Wanner, Niq Mhlongo, Henrietta Rose-Innes, Pumla Gqola. From Uganda: Jennifer Makumbi, Clementine Ewokolo Burnley, Nick Makoha, and Musa Okwonga. From DR Congo: JJ Bola. From Zimbabwe: Brian Chikwava and Linda Gabriel. From Ghana: Jessica Horn. From Germany: Maroula Blades.
Tsitsi Dangarembga (@efie41209591) was introduced in Berlin as the curator for the African Book Festival 2019. This year’s festival was curated by Olumide Popoola (@msolumide) – so the regional focus shifts and the festival goes from the hands of one great woman to another. pic.twitter.com/lPytFpIcyD
— Charlott Schönwetter (@half_book) September 25, 2018
Tsitsi Dangarembga is the author of the Tambudzai Trilogy: Nervous Conditions (1988), winner of the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize, which was this year named by BBC among the top 100 Stories That Shaped the World; The Book of Not (2006); and This Mournable Body (2018). A filmmaker and playwright, she is the director and founder of the Institute of Creative Arts for Progress in Africa Trust. She lives in Harare, Zimbabwe.
We look forward to this.