Hannibal Tabu wrapped up day one of Season 4 of Afrolit Sans Frontières from Los Angeles, USA on June 29, 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. Season 1, curated by founder Zukiswa Wanner ran from March 23-30 while Season 2 co-curated by the founder and Maaza Mengiste ran from April 20-27, 2020. Season 3 which ran from May 25 – June 1 was co-curated by Mohale Mashigo and Zukiswa Wanner.
The first day of Season 4 of the festival started with Kenyan poet and filmmaker Ngwatilo Mawiyoo streaming on Instagram from Nairobi, Kenya. The day was wrapped up by Hannibal Tabu a journalist, comic book writer, poet, DJ, and designer based in Los Angeles, USA. The award-winner has written comics, poetry, and prose in a long career. His novels are The Crown: Ascension and Faraway (both available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble & Smashwords), plus the upcoming Sci-Fi political thriller Rogue Nation. His poetry has been published in Vice Verse, A Drumming Between Us, Multiverse: An Anthology of Superhero Poetry, two volumes of Drumvoices Revue, Voices From Leimert Park and Voices From Leimert Park Redux.
Zukiswa Wanner kicked off the session by inviting Hannibal Tabu onto the platform where the Los Angelino read one of his poems. What followed afterwards was an hour of one of the best debates we have seen at Afrolit Sans Frontières. The discussion ranged from the multi-disciplinary nature of Tabu’s work, his favourite comics, and how visiting Ghana influenced his work. Also discussed were how the Covid-19 pandemic and the Black Lives Matter movement was affecting his work and whether any reasonable American sees the damage their country causes around the world.
To follow Hannibal Tabu, you should check out his website which has all his contact information. You can watch the whole session in full below.