Chimeka Garricks

Chimeka Garricks was the final guest at Afrolit Sans Frontières Season 3 streaming on Instagram from Lagos, Nigeria on June 1, 2020. He 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 before Chimeka Garricks took over from Lagos, Nigeria. Garricks is a lawyer and editor whose fiction includes the novel, Tomorrow Died Yesterday (2010) and a forthcoming collection of short stories, A Broken People’s Playlist (2020). He wrote the latter title with the aid of music while trying to avoid working on a second novel.

The Port Harcourt-born, Lagos-based lawyer started by reading from his new Masobe Books published short story collection A Broken People’s Playlist before inviting his moderator Zukiswa Wanner onto the platform. The session went over a number of topics like his writing regime, how he started writing short stories after his second novel failed to launch and loads more.

You can watch the session in full below.