Ayobami Adebayo and Zukiswa Wanner.

Ayobami Adebayo and Zukiswa Wanner are the featured novelists for this month’s edition of Literary Crossroads at the Goethe-Institut Nairobi on February 23, 2018. They will be moderated by Aleya Kassam.

Literary Crossroads is a series that brings together African writers to discuss contemporary trends and themes in literature. Under this project, which runs in Johannesburg, Lagos, and Nairobi, the Goethe-Institut invites writers from the continent and the diaspora for a moderated panel discussion in front of an audience.

The Nairobi edition of the project has been hosting exciting guests in the recent past with audiences getting to interact with Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi and Okwiri Oduor, Elnathan John and Kinyanjui Kombani, as well as Abubakar Adam Ibrahim and Abdul Adan.

The first edition of the highly regarded project for 2018 is set to happen on February 23 with Nigerian novelist Ayobami Adebayo and South African author Zukiswa Wanner taking the now famous stage.

Ayobami Adeboyo is one of the fastest rising stars in the African literary space today with her debut offering Stay With Me creating a buzz that hasn’t been heard of a new writer for a long while. By the last count, the book has been shortlisted for prizes like the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction, the 9mobile Prize for African literature and the Dylan Thomas Prize 2018. Ayobami will be making her first appearance in Kenya to our knowledge.

Zukiswa Wanner is familiar to readers of this blog having written books like The Madams (2006), Behind Every Successful Man (2008), Men of the South (2010) and London Cape Town Joburg (2014). The author will presenting her newest work of travelogue/memoir Hardly Working at this event.

The two will be moderated by Aleya Kassam who first came to our notice when she was the festival producer for the Storymoja Festival here in Kenya. After this we learnt that she was a very good writer in her own right and we hear she is working on her debut novel. You can sample here work here.

So Nairobi literati are invited to make Ayobami Adebayo feel at home on her first showing in our crazy city. Before we “deport her.”