An author of Nigerian-German decent and best selling novel When We Speak Of Nothing, Olumide Popoola, is currently putting finishing touches to all arrangements of the biggest festival of African writers in Berlin which will be attended by star authors from Nigeria, kenya, South Africa, Uganda, Dr Congo, Zimbabwe and Ghana from April the 26th to the 28th 2018..
The festival tagged ‘Writing in Migration’ would be sponsored by the German Federal Cultural Foundation as well as Berlin’s Senate Department for Culture and Europe and presented by a literary agency InterKontinental to focus on issues of transnationality and transculturality, thereby committing itself to the topic of migration in the sense of ‘being on the move’. The organizers’ statement to the press stressed that: ‘For three days African life realities and experiences will be broached by means of prose and poetry in the course of talks, readings and roundtable discussions. What does it mean to live and write after a forced or voluntary move to Europe / the USA? How do African writers process constant movement through spaces and identities? Is there a responsibility towards tradition or even an African identity?
Below is the comprehensive list of attendees:
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.
Kenya: Yvonne Owuor and Abdilatif Abdallah. From South Africa: Zukiswa Wanner, Niq Mhlongo, Henrietta Rose-Innes, Pumla Gqola.
Uganda: Jennifer Makumbi, Clementine Ewokolo Burnley, Nick Makoha, and Musa Okwonga.
DR Congo: JJ Bola. From Zimbabwe: Brian Chikwava and Linda Gabriel.
Ghana: Jessica Horn.
Germany: Maroula Blades.
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