Abubakar Adam Ibrahim

Abubakar Adam Ibrahim

Abubakar Adam Ibrahim for Nairobi in September

Abubakar Adam Ibrahim will be doing readings at Goethe Institut’s Literary Crossroads and the Storymoja Festival in Nairobi in September 2017.

Abubakar Adam Ibrahim. Readers of this blog must be tired that we keep writing about this writer but we can’t help ourselves. The man showed up in our lives in 2014 with his short story collection The Whispering Trees which was a very good read. The collection was longlisted for the Etisalat Prize for Literature 2014 while the title story was shortlisted for the Caine Prize for African Writing. It was a good debut to say the least.

His second offering was a novel called Season of Crimson Blossoms which we loved even more. The book which showed up in Nairobi recently has grown a small but quickly growing rabid fan base for the author in Kenya named  FORE (Friends of Reza, after one of the lead characters in the book). Nigeria loved it even more and gave the book it’s, and the continents, richest prize last year.

Kenyans will get the opportunity to meet this new writing sensation from Nigeria at the end of the Month. Abubakar will be one of the two writers taking part in the Goethe Institut’s Literary Crossroads series on September 28 at their home at Maendeleo House. The Literary Crossroads series brings together African writers on the continent and from the diaspora to discuss contemporary trends and themes in literature and this year has hosted Elnathan John, Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi and many more.

Abdul Adan

Abdul Adan

The Thursday evening of the 28th will see Abubakar Adam Ibrahim and Abdul Adan in discussions about their writing moderated by Anja Bengelstorff. For those unfamiliar with Abdul Adan, his first short story Old Ibren was published in African Writing in 2010 and then A Bag of Oranges in Kwani? later that year. In 2014, his The Somalification of James Karangi earned an honourable mention by the Caine Prize. 2016 was an even more remarkable year for Abdul when his short story, The Lifebloom Gift was shortlisted for the Caine Prize and his proposal for a novel won him a Miles Morland Scholarship.

Abubakar will also be one of the featured authors at the upcoming Storymoja Festival. More information on his engagement with that festival will be forthcoming in the very near future.