Africa Writes 2019

frica Writes is a literary festival that focuses on showcasing and celebrating contemporary African Literature from the continent and the diaspora. The festival was hosted at the British Library, and the programme was packed with wide-ranging events: from book launches to panel discussions. The festival was closed by a staged reading of ‘The Fishermen’ by New Perspectives Theatre, which was one of the best pieces of theatre I have seen in a long time. The staging was followed by Chigozie Obioma, the author of ‘The Fishermen’ and ‘An Orchestra of Minorities’ in conversation with Irenosen Okojie. All in all, the weekend was fabulous and I’m glad I took part in it. I got to catchup with old friends and meet new and fascinating people. I also bought a few books from the booksellers that were present and managed to get most of them signed by the authors, but I did not have the pleasure of tasting any of the food that was available in the dedicated food court since it seems to have been so delicious that it was already sold out anytime I came to eat.

Ayọ̀bámi Adébáyọ̀ during her talk about her book ‘Stay With Me’.

Top left: Tasnim and Andreea. Mid left: Inua Ellams. Bottom left: Tasnim. Bottom right: Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi.

From right: Peter Kimani, Ayọ̀bámi Adébáyọ̀, Zarah Nesbit-Ahmed, and Sulaiman Addonia.

Yolande Mukagasana during the launch of her book ‘Not My Time to Die’.

Staged reading of Chigozie Obioma’s ‘The Fishermen’ (by: New Perspectives Theatre).


Chigozie Obioma (right) in Conversation with Irenosen Okojie