Niq Mhlongo, Nick Ndeda for Goethe’s Artistic Encounters.

South African author Niq Mhlongo and Kenyan actor Nick Ndeda are the feature acts at Goethe-Institut Kenya’s Artistic Encounters on July 12, 2018.

Artistic Encounters brings together two artists to share their art in front of an audience together at the Goethe-Institut Nairobi. The project curated by Kenyan based South African Zukiswa Wanner has seen artists from Kenya, Germany, South Africa, Sierra Leone, Nigeria, Zimbabwe, and Gambia on the stage . In 2017, the project featured artist Victor Ehikhamenor and poet Koleka Putuma, trumpeter Christine Kamau and poet Philipp Khabo Koepsell, novelist Lola Shoneyin and storyteller Maimouna Jallow, author Angela Makholwa and actress Patricia Kihoro. The 2018 edition of the project kicked off with novelist, short story writer and academic Pede Hollist and actor Hana Kefela followed by mbira player and singer Prudence Katomeni and poet Adipo Sidang’.

The latest edition of Artistic Encounters is set for the Goethe-Institut offices in Nairobi and this one is a treat. Kenyan actor Nick Ndeda will be bringing to life Soweto Under the Apricot Tree by South African author Niq Mhlongo.

Niq Mhlongo burst onto the South African literary scene with his 2004 debut novel Dog Eat Dog that recounting the exploits of a student in the new South Africa. The book, published by Kwela, was followed in 2007 by After Tears  the story of an advocate who was not an advocate. His 2013 book Way Back Home, established him as one of the leading writers of his generation as he gave us the story of a tenderpreneur who is haunted by his actions while in the South African armed resistance while in exile. We here at loved it.

His latest work is a collection of short stories titled Soweto Under The Apricot Tree which are delightful tales around Mhlongo’s home town of Soweto, South Africa.

Nick Ndeda is well known in Kenyan artist circles as an actor of note. He is one of only two Kenyan actors who featured in South African TV show Jacobs Cross as well as having had a starring role in MTV’s Shuga. He has featured in countless TV shows on Kenyan TV including Higher Learning as well as a leading role in the movie 18 Hours. He has been on all Kenya theatre spaces in a variety of roles.

Ndeda will be bringing his vision of Soweto Under The Apricot Tree from 6pm on Thursday. After his performance, there will be a moderated discussion with the author, the actor by project curator Zukiswa Wanner.

If you can make it, this is a must attend.