African Book Festival 2022

The artists taking part in the African Book Festival 2022 at the Nåpoleon Komplex, Berlin, Germany from August 26-28 were revealed on June 5, 2022.

The African Book Festival featuring some of the leading writers in Africa and its diaspora has been hosted in Berlin since 2018. It has established itself as a leading meeting place for writers and poets with headliners like José Eduardo Agualusa, Ben Okri, and Chris Abani.

The African Book Festival is set to bring together the stars of contemporary African literature in the German capital for another run in August. The programme will include readings, concerts, panel discussions, poetry, and comedy. In December, the festival organisers announced the curator for 2022 to be Johannesburg-based writer, filmmaker, and photographer Lidudumalingani.  They later revealed that the festival headliner would be legendary publisher Margaret Busby while Alexandra Antwi-Boasiako takes the role of InterKontinental Literature Ambassador.

The festival artists come from nations like South Africa, which is this year’s country focus, as well as Nigeria, Uganda, Namibia, Tanzania, Germany, Cuba, Portugal, the USA, the United Kingdom, and DR Congo. Writers and poets, many of them award-winning, make up the bulk of the profiles, while others are musicians, dancers, academia, researchers, actors, visual artists, and filmmakers.

Some of those who will be taking part in events in Berlin in late August will be Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi, Fiston Mwanza Mujila, Fred Khumalo, Nozizwe Cynthia Jele, Niq Mhlongo, A. Igoni Barrett, Max Lobe, Mphuthumi Ntabeni, Cupido, Alain Missala, Anna Samwel Manyanza, Bongani Kona, Bongeziwe Mabandla, Buhle Ngaba, Celina Bostic, Daniel Okine, Disnay López, Ainehi Edoro-Glines, Dudu Busani-Dube, Dzekashu MacViban, Dr Athambile Masola, Emeka Okereke, Emmanuel Iduma, Ijoma Mangold, Ifeatu Nnaobi, Goitseone Montsho, Jennifer Neal, JJ Bola, Josephine Apraku, Keith Black, Lerato Mogoatlhe, Lauri Kubuitsile, Maneo Mohale, Musa Okwonga, Nomonde Buthelezi, Olivia Wenzel, Outlwile Tsipane, Paula Laurel Jackson, Rešoketšwe Manenzhe, Sanelisiwe Nyaba, Tammi L. Coles, Thelma Buabeng, Tinashe Mushakavanhu, Yara Nakahanda Monteiro, Tsitsi Mareika Chirikure, and Toke.

If you are in Berlin in August, you can get early bird tickets until June 30 for the festival by clicking here.