Ondjaki spoke about writing in Portuguese at Afrolit Sans Frontières Season 5 from Luanda, Angola on Saturday, August 1, 2020.
Afrolit Sans Frontières, a virtual literary festival for writers of African origin, was founded by author and publisher Zukiswa Wanner as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic international lockdowns. The festival format is two sessions a day on Instagram Live with an artist moderated by a host who also fields questions from audience members. There have been four editions; Season 1 from March 23-30; Season 2 from April 20-27; Season 3 from May 25 – June 1; and Season 4 from June 29-July 6.
Season 5 kicked off on July 27 and festival goers have so far interacted with Lerato Mogoatlhe in Johannesburg, South Africa, Joe Khamisi in Texas, USA, Frances Mensah Williams in London, UK, Conceição Evaristo in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Kayo Chingonyi in Leeds, UK, L.L. McKinney in Kansas City, USA, Gauz in Abidjan, Cote D’Ivoire, and Fiston Mwanza Mujila in Graz, Austria.
The Saturday was meant to start with Djamila Ribeiro streaming from Sao Paolo, Brazil moderated by Ondjaki. Unfortunately, the Brazilian was unable to make it for the session. Her moderator Ondjaki decided it was a good time to share some of the best writing in Portuguese by Black people in Brazil as well as from countries on the continent.
You can watch the session in full below; please note that the video is mostly Portuguese.