Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is coming to South Africa for the 2018 Abantu Book Festival. The announcement was made this morning on Twitter by the festival organizers. She joins a list of guests that includes Cassava Republic founder Bibi Bakare-Yusuf, This Mournable Body author Tsitsi Dangarembga, Fred Khumalo, Helon Habila, Happiness Is a Four-Letter Word author Nozizwe Cynthia Jele, Lagos Poetry Festival founder Efe Paul Azino, House of Stone author Novuyo Rosa Tshuma, In Memory of Forgetting poet Wana Udobang, These Bones Will Rise Again author Panashe Chigumadzi who just won the 2018 Brittle Paper Award for Essays, Ake Festival founder Lola Shoneyin, Mizz President author Mapule Mohulatsi, and 2018 Brittle Paper Award for Creative Nonfiction winner Sibongile Fisher.
We are pleased to inform you that Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie will be at #AbantuBookFest on Friday, 7th Dec, Eyethu Lifestyle Centre, in conversation with Professor Pumla Dineo Gqola. Fam, cancel the weddings, postpone the funerals if you can, but whatever you do don’t miss THIS! pic.twitter.com/sE64b4aYiz
— Abantu Book Festival (@Abantu_) November 21, 2018
Founded last year by the festival director Thando Mgqolozana, the Abantu Book Festival is a platform for black writers in the white-dominated literary landscape of South Africa. Its mission is “to create a platform that amplifies the voices of black writers, as well as be a home for black readers.” It “envisions itself as an annual pilgrimage and sanctuary for its participants and visitors.” Its programme is “a feast for the whole family, which includes poetry and musical performances, writing and publishing workshops, panel discussions and in-conversations, dance, as well as film-screening woven into the mix.”
The festival’s day events are held at the Eyethu Lifestyle Centre in Mofolo, where entry is free, and the night sessions at the Soweto Theatre in Jabulani, where tickets cost R20.
The 2018 event will take place from 6-9 December. Chimamanda will be in conversation with Professor Pumla Dineo Gqola at Eyethu Lifestyle Centre.
Follow the festival on social media with #AbantuBookFest.