Raoul Djimeli was the second guest on Saturday at Afrolit Sans Frontières Season 4 from Yaoundé, Cameroon on July 4, 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 three editions so far; Season 1 from March 23-30, Season 2 from April 20-27, and Season 3 from May 25 – June 1.
Season 4, which started on June 29, has so far seen Ngwatilo Mawiyoo in Nairobi, Kenya, Hannibal Tabu in Los Angeles, USA, Lamelle Shaw in Johannesburg, South Africa, Kọ́lá Túbọ̀sún in Lagos, Nigeria, Irenosen Okojie in London, UK, and Koleka Putuma in Cape Town, South Africa, Natalia Molebatsi in Johannesburg, South Africa and Iquo DianaAbasi in Lagos, Nigeria.
Saturday, July 4 was a busy day at the festival starting with Mélio Tinga in Maputo, Mozambique followed by Raoul Djimeli in Yaounde, Cameroon. Raoul Djimeli is a writer and cultural activist. In Cameroon, he directs the publication of the literary magazine Clijec Mag and chairs the African Festival of Emerging Writings (Festae). His poems and prose have appeared in French, English and translated into Kiswahili and Spanish in various collectives and journals including the intercontinental anthology ARBOLARIUM. He participated in the Limbe-Lagos literary Exchange and in the first Afro Young Adult fictional project whose anthology, Water Birds on the Lakeshore was published in three languages. He co-directed the poetic project Ashes and Memories on the Anglophone crisis in Cameroon, and published The Burning Front of Dawn.
You can watch Raoul presenting some of his work in the below video. Please note that the video is primarily in French.