Virtually Yours 2021/20
Contemporary African Literature
A series of online discussions – Virtual Gatherings - with honoured author, Zukiswa Wanner, through which she explores contemporary African literature with authors.
Virtually Yours aims to create an online platform for avid readers, writers and authors interested in African literature.
The series of online discussions will be held once per month and each feature an African author.
The audience is invited to submit questions during the sessions and deliberate on topics relevant to the development of contemporary African literature.
Virtual Gatherings 2021:Nozizwe Cynthia Jele (South Africa) "The Ones with Purpose"
Cynthia Jele is a South African novelist. Her novel Happiness is a Four-Letter Word won the 2011 Commonwealth Writers' Prize for Best First Book. This novel is a story about four female friends living in Johannesburg. The novel was later adapted into a movie.
Her new book „The Ones with Purpose” is a remarkable story of family, disappointment, sacrifice, forgiveness, and love.
Nadifa Mohamed (Somaliland) "The Fortune Men"
Somaliland born, London-based author Nadifa Mohamed joins the Virtual Gathering this month. Her novel "The Fortune Men" tells the story of a murder, a British miscarriage of justice, and a man too innocent for his times.
As brilliantly written as it is devastating, "The Fortune Men", shortlisted for the Booker Price 2021, brings to life forgotten and recent Black British history in a confronting and vital way.
Siphiwe Gloria Ndlovu (Simbabwe) "The History of Man"
Featuring in this Virtual Gathering is Siphiwe Gloria Ndlovu from Zimbabwe. One of her novels, "the History of Man" traces the history of Emile from a privileged boarding school to falling in love and the dire consequences of his heart.
Ondjaki (Angola) "Good Morning Comrade"
Featuring in this Virtual Gathering is Ondjaki from Angola. His first novel, “Good Morning Comrades” explores the daily life of a 12-year-old boy and his friends.
Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor (Kenya) "The Dragonfly Sea"
Featuring in this Virtual Gathering is Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor from Kenya. One of her books, “The Dragonfly Sea” explores the life of a young woman struggling to find her place in a vast world of morality, fate and loss.
Abubakar Adam Ibrahim (Nigeria) "Dreams and Assorted Nightmares"
Featuring in this Virtual Gathering is Abubakar Adam Ibrahim from Nigeria. His most recent book, “Dreams and Assorted Nightmares” is a collection of short stories that explore the themes of life, death and beyond.
Natasha Omokhodion (Zambia) "No Be from Hia"
Featuring in this Virtual Gathering is Natasha Omokhodion Kalulu Banda from Zambia. No Be from Hia explores the stories of families who migrated to the UK during the post-colonial era in the 1960s before separation by death, divorce and betrayal.
For more information, see the individual events on our calendar.
Virtual Gatherings 2020:
Tendai Huchu (Zimbabwe) “The Hairdresser of Harare”
Featuring in this Virtual Gathering is Tendai Huchu from Zimbabwe. His first book “The Hairdresser of Harare” received many acclamations and has been translated into German, Italian, French and Spanish.
Jennifer N. Makumbi (Uganda) “The First Woman”
Featuring in this Virtual Gathering is Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi: an award-winning author from Uganda. Her latest book, the First Woman, tells the story of a courageous village girl becoming a woman within a community that constantly silences her voice and dreams.
Niq Mhlongo (South Africa) “Paradise Gaza”
Featuring in this Virtual Gathering is Niq Mhlongo: an award-winning author from Soweto, South Africa. His latest book, Paradise in Gaza, will be published in October 2020 and as most of his work has a post-apartheid backdrop. His stories are set in Soweto.
Zukiswa Wanner received the Goethe Medal 2020 in honour of her contribution to the development of African literature.