Mubanga Kalimamukwento

Mubanga Kalimamukwento at day four of Afrolit Sans Frontières Season 3.

Mubanga Kalimamukwento wrapped up day four of Afrolit Sans Frontières Season 3 from Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA on May 28, 2020. She 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 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 Cape Town, South Africa resident Masande Ntshanga before Mubanga Kalimamukwento ended proceedings from Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA. Mubanga is the award-winning author of, The Mourning Bird (Jacana Media) which won the Dinaane Debut Fiction Award 2019. Her short stories have appeared in journals around the world and in 2019, she won the Kalemba Short Story Prize and was shortlisted for the Bristol Short Story Prize. Mubanga is a lawyer, whose human rights advocacy earned her a Fulbright Fellowship at the Humphrey school of public affairs in 2018.

The Zambian-born writer who looked resplendent in a doek, as the Southern Africans call it, welcomed her host Rémy Ngamije into the Instagram Live session. She then read from her novel The Mourning Bird before the audience and her host started engaging her. No topics were off the table as the super organised Mubanga revealed her writing (and skincare) regimen, her addiction to being in school, and her penchant for writing violence in sex. You can watch the whole interaction in the below video.

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