Novuyo Rosa Tsuma thrilled Nairobi residents as she made appearances at a series of events from September 26-29, 2019.
Novuyo Rosa Tsuma is no new name in the contemporary African literary scene. The writer is currently riding high with House of Stone (2018), a novel set during the Gukurahundi, a series of massacres of Ndebele civilians carried out by the Zimbabwe National Army from early 1983 to late 1987. It has won the Edward Stanford Travel Writing Awards 2019 and been shortlisted for the Orwell Prize 2019 and the Dylan Thomas Prize 2019.
The novelist did a series of events in the Kenyan capital and we were there to capture some of them on stills and video.
Thursday, September 26, 3-5pm: Meet The Author with Bookish people, Sarit Centre.
Novuyo Rosa Tshuma was the guest of the Bookish People at the Text Book Centre, Sarit Centre, Nairobi where she got to speak with fans moderated by Muthoni. The event featured gushing readers chatting with a beloved writer about a book that has moved many. Apart from reading from the book, Tshuma signed copies of the book for those who carried copies and those who bought them on the day.
Here are images and video we captured.
Thursday, September 26, 6-8pm: Literary Crossroads, Goethe-Institut.
The Literary Crossroads Series brings together African writers on the continent and from the diaspora to discuss contemporary trends and themes in literature. In this edition, Anne Moraa (Kenya) and Novuyo Rosa Tshuma (Zimbabwe) engaged the audience in an evening of prose and poetry with Aleya Kassam conducting affairs.
Here is some video we captured as well as images courtesy of Julian Manjahi and the Goethe-Institut.
September 27-29: Macondo Literary Festival 2019, Kenya National Theatre
Novuyo Rosa Tsuma was hosted at the inaugural Macondo Literary Festival at the Kenya National Theatre from Friday, September 27- Sunday, September 29. Her first event was at the opening ceremony followed by the Sunday panel, “Women in African histories: History (telling) is defined by the victor. While victors are overwhelmingly male, where are women in African history: As historical figures and as writers?” The latter panel moderated by Dr Wandia Njoya had Tshuma alongside Dina Salústio and Njuki Githethwa.
Here are videos and images from those sessions that she attended. We captured the video while the images were from the official Macondo Literary Festival Facebook page.