Ayọ̀bámi Adébáyọ̀ featured at Afrolit Sans Frontières Season 5 from Lagos, Nigeria on Friday, July 31, 2020. She was hosted by Natasha Omokhodion-Kalulu Banda.
Afrolit Sans Frontières, a virtual literary festival for writers of African origin, was founded by author and publisher Zukiswa Wanner as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic international lockdowns. The festival format is two sessions a day on Instagram Live with an artist moderated by a host who also fields questions from audience members. There have been four editions; Season 1 from March 23-30; Season 2 from April 20-27; Season 3 from May 25 – June 1; and Season 4 from June 29-July 6.
Season 5 kicked off on July 27 and festival goers have so far interacted with Lerato Mogoatlhe in Johannesburg, South Africa, Joe Khamisi in Texas, USA, Frances Mensah Williams in London, UK, Conceição Evaristo in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Kayo Chingonyi in Leeds, UK, L.L. McKinney in Kansas City, USA, Gauz in Abidjan, Cote D’Ivoire, and Fiston Mwanza Mujila in Graz, Austria.
For the last few iterations of the festival, the last day of the week has been dubbed “Girls Friday” with Natasha Omokhodion-Kalulu Banda doing hosting duties. Girls Friday this time started with South African writer Sisonke Msimang in Perth, Australian followed by Ayọ̀bámi Adébáyọ̀ in Lagos, Nigeria. Adébáyọ̀ is the author of Stay with Me, which won the 9mobile Prize for Literature and was shortlisted for the Kwani? Manuscript Prize, the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction and the Wellcome Book Prize. It was longlisted for the International Dublin Literary Award, the International Dylan Thomas Prize and Prix Les Afrique.
You can watch the discussion between the two in the below video.