Afrolit Sans Frontieres Virtual Literary Festival Season 3

A snapshot of Afrolit Sans Frontières Season 3.

Afrolit Sans Frontières Season 3, the third iteration of the virtual literary festival, was hosted over the internet from May 25 to June 1.

Afrolit Sans Frontières, a virtual literary festival for writers of African origin, started as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic international lockdown. Season 1, curated by founder Zukiswa Wanner ran from March 23-30 while Season 2 co-curated by the founder and Maaza Mengiste ran from April 20-27, 2020.

Season 3, with curation by Mohale Mashigo and Zukiswa Wanner, featured 16 writers from 13 countries streaming from 15 cities in English, French, and Portuguese from May 25 to June 1. All sessions ran twice daily on the official Afrolit Sans Frontières Instagram page. It was eight days of writers sharing their books and the experiences of writing them with readers and other writers in an atmosphere of camaraderie, laughter, and even, at times, complete silliness. It was a rare balm for many still cooped up in homes across the planet first as a result of a pandemic and then when protests dominated global headlines after the murder of Black American George Floyd at the hands of policemen in the USA.

For those who might have missed the festival, below is our archive of the sessions with African writers streaming from destinations across the world in English, French, and Portuguese. Click on the image to see what happened in each event.

Dilman Dila in Kampala, Uganda;

Dilman Dila
Dilman Dila

Tochi Onyebuchi in New York, USA;

Tochi Onyebuchi
Tochi Onyebuchi

Vamba Sherif in Amsterdam, Holland;

Vamba Sherif
Vamba Sherif

Ayesha Harruna Attah in Dakar, Senegal;

Ayesha Harruna Attah and Bisi Adjapon
Ayesha Harruna Attah and Bisi Adjapon

Beata Umubyeyi Mairesse in Bordeaux, France;

Beata Umubyeyi Mairesse
Beata Umubyeyi Mairesse

Max Lobé in Geneva, Switzerland;

Max Lobé
Max Lobé

Masande Ntshanga in Cape Town, South Africa;

Masande Ntshanga and Rémy Ngamije
Masande Ntshanga and Rémy Ngamije

Mubanga Kalimamukwento in Minneapolis, USA;

Mubanga Kalimamukwento
Mubanga Kalimamukwento

Tsitsi Dangarembga in Harare, Zimbabwe;

Natasha Omokhodion-Kalulu Banda and Tsitsi Dangarembga
Natasha Omokhodion-Kalulu Banda and Tsitsi Dangarembga

Leila Aboulela in Edinburgh, Scotland;

Leila Aboulela
Leila Aboulela

Virgília Ferrão in Maputo, Mozambique;

Virgília Ferrão
Virgília Ferrão

José Eduardo Agualusa in Lisbon, Portugal;

Kalaf Epalanga and Jose Eduardo Agualusa
Kalaf Epalanga and Jose Eduardo Agualusa

Tanella Boni in Abidjan, Cote D’Ivoire

Renee Edwige Dro (top) and Tanella Boni (bottom)
Renee Edwige Dro (top) and Tanella Boni (bottom)

Molara Wood in Lagos, Nigeria.

Molara Wood
Molara Wood

Angela Makholwa in Johannesburg, South Africa

Angela Makholwa
Angela Makholwa

Chimeka Garricks in Lagos, Nigeria

Chimeka Garricks
Chimeka Garricks

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