Abubakar Adam Ibrahim was the second guest on the eighth and final day of Afrolit Sans Frontières on Instagram from Abuja, Nigeria on Monday, March 30, 2020.
The Afrolit Sans Frontiers Virtual Literary Festival is an initiative from writers of African origin curated by Zukiswa Wanner. Sixteen writers from 10 African countries are sharing their work from 15 different cities in English, French, Lingala, and Portuguese to a global virtual audience online over eight days. Since the festival started on Monday, audiences have interacted with Richard Ali Mutu in Kinshasa, DR Congo, Leye Adenle in London, UK, Rémy Ngamije in Windhoek, Namibia, Hawa Jande Golakai in Monrovia, Liberia, Maaza Mengiste in Zurich, Switzerland, Mukoma Wa Ngugi in Ithaca, New York, USA, Nozizwe Cynthia Jele in Johannesburg, South Africa, Yara Monteiro in Alentejo, Portugal, Bisi Adjapon in Accra, Ghana, Mohale Mashigo in Johannesburg, South Africa, Shadreck Chikoti in Lilongwe, Malawi, Chiké Frankie Edozien in Accra, Ghana and Kalaf Epalanga in Berlin, Germany.
Monday started off with Natasha Omokhodion-Kalulu Banda from Lusaka, Zambia before Abubakar Adam Ibrahim took over three hours later. Abubakar is a Nigerian creative writer and journalist whose debut short-story collection The Whispering Trees was longlisted for the inaugural Etisalat Prize for Literature in 2014, with the title story shortlisted for the Caine Prize for African Writing. His first novel, Season of Crimson Blossoms, published in 2015, won Africa’s largest literary prize the Nigeria Prize for Literature 2016.
The session with the soft-spoken Abubakar started late due to technical issues with his network operator that we saw at the earlier session evident. The Abuja resident read a passage from a story from his forthcoming short story collection Dreams and Assorted Nightmares.
The novelist and short-story writer engaged with those that had logged on about writing as a craft, his work now and in the future which included the forthcoming short story collection and much more for the next half hour.
Bonus: You can watch a video of Abubakar Adam Ibrahim reading below; he sent to us when he worried about possible network issues.