Abubakar Adam Ibrahim, Beata Umubyeyi Mairesse now on Audible’s “Afrolit Now” series.

Stories from Abubakar Adam Ibrahim and Beata Umubyeyi Mairesse are now available on the Zukiswa Wanner-curated Audible Afrolit series.

Afrolit Now is a series curating short stories from six African writers curated by Zukiswa Wanner in conjunction with Audible. It was inspired by Afrolit Sans Frontières, the virtual literary festival founded by the South African during the darkest times of the pandemic in 2020. The series brings to life short stories from the best in contemporary African fiction. Showcasing a wide range of countries, genres, and subjects—be it joy, heartbreak, love, or laughter—these pieces prove that a truly great story has no frontiers. The series kicked off in October 2021 with Troy Onyango’s The Water People.

There are now two new stories available to Audible readers in Abubakar Adam Ibrahim’s A Love Like This and Beata Umubyeyi Mairesse’s Consolata. Here is more information about them and how to access them.

Abubakar Adam Ibrahim’s A Love Like This

Abubakar Adam Ibrahim's love like this

A sweeping, evocative short story that spans decades, A Love Like This is a captivating tale of love and self-discovery from award-winning Nigerian author Abubakar Adam Ibrahim.

Yarima Lalo believes he has been murdered twice before. The cause? Love. To make sense of these vivid memories he cannot shake, he travels from Abuja to Kano with his new friend and love interest Aziza to meet an old woman who he might have known in a past life. She is skeptical at first – and hesitant to revisit painful memories of her own – but together, they dig deeper and deeper into the past, piecing together a shared history with ripple effects that could shape Lalo’s future.

You can stream the story by clicking here.

Beata Umubyeyi Mairesse’s Consolata

Beata Umubyeyi Mairesse's consolata

A moving story of an old woman reckoning with memories – both cherished and heartbreaking – of her past, from French Rwandan author Beata Umubyeyi Mairesse, winner of the 2020 Prix des Cinq Continents de la Francophonie.

In childhood, Consolata was permanently separated from her family by French colonizers in her Rwandan village. Now, nearing the end of her life in an assisted-living facility, she starts losing her French language skills and can only remember her mother tongue, to the confusion of care workers. Oscillating between moments in assisted living and vivid childhood memories with family in Rwanda, Consolota is a poignant story of heritage, memory, and bonds that can never be broken.

You can stream the story by clicking here.