Masande Ntshanga kicked off day four of Afrolit Sans Frontières Season 3 from Cape Town, South Africa on May 28, 2020. He was hosted by Rémy Ngamije.
Afrolit Sans Frontières, a virtual literary festival for writers of African origin, started as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic international lockdown in March. It has had two iterations with Season 1 curated by festival founder Zukiswa Wanner in March and Season 2 co-curated with Maaza Mengiste and the founder 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 on the official Afrolit Sans Frontières Instagram page from May 25 to June 1.
The third iteration of 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; and Max Lobé in Geneva, Switzerland.
The fourth day of the festival started with South African Masande Ntshanga the author of the novels, The Reactive and Triangulum. He is the winner of a Betty Trask Award and the PEN International New Voices Award. His work has appeared in The White Review, Chimurenga, The Los Angeles Review of Books, and n + 1.
The Cape Town-resident started proceedings by welcoming his host to the Instagram Live then reading from his newest novel Triangulum. For the next hour, people watching the live stream from all over the world observed two of the finest writers working today going back and forth. The gamut they went through included work routines before the lockdown and now, how Masande earned a living now, and how to properly pronounce his surname.
You can watch the whole exchange between the South African and the Namibian in the below video.