Angela Makholwa

Angela Makholwa was the penultimate guest at Afrolit Sans Frontières Season 3 from Johannesburg, South Africa on June 1, 2020. She was hosted by Zukiswa Wanner.

Afrolit Sans Frontières, a virtual literary festival for writers of African origin, started as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic international lockdown. It has had two iterations with Season 1 curated by founder Zukiswa Wanner in March and Season 2 the founder co-curated with Maaza Mengiste in April. Season 3, with curation by Mohale Mashigo and Zukiswa Wanner, features 16 writers from 13 countries streaming from 15 cities in English, French, and Portuguese. All sessions run twice daily on the official Afrolit Sans Frontières Instagram page from May 25 to June 1.

The festival which started on Africa Day, May 25, has so far featured Dilman Dila in Kampala, Uganda; Tochi Onyebuchi in New York, USA; Vamba Sherif in Amsterdam, Holland; Ayesha Harruna Attah in Dakar, Senegal; Beata Umubyeyi Mairesse in Bordeaux, France; Max Lobé in Geneva, Switzerland; Masande Ntshanga in Cape Town, South Africa; Mubanga Kalimamukwento in Minneapolis, USA; Tsitsi Dangarembga in Harare, Zimbabwe; Leila Aboulela in Edinburgh, Scotland; Virgília Ferrão in Maputo, Mozambique; José Eduardo Agualusa in Lisbon, Portugal; Tanella Boni in Abidjan, Cote D’Ivoire and Molara Wood in Lagos, Nigeria.

The final day of the festival started with Angela Makholwa streaming from Johannesburg, South Africa. Makholwa practiced as a journalist for years before starting her own PR and events management company; Britespark Communications in 2002. She is the author of the novels Red Ink (2007), The 30th Candle (2010), The Black Widow Society (2013), and The Blessed Girl (2017). The Blessed Girl was recently longlisted for the UK’s Comedy Women in Print Prize.

Angela Makholwa kicked off the session reading from her current novel The Blessed Girl before inviting her host Zukiswa Wanner to moderate. For the next close to one hour, the audience saw a writer at the peak of her powers speaking about the process to bring her books to the screen, how African writers need to work together to get their work across the continent and lots more.

You can watch the whole session below.