Rémy Ngamije is the featured guest of Goethe-Institut Namibia’s “Virtually Yours” on Saturday, September 11, 2021. He will be moderated by Zukiswa Wanner.
Virtually Yours is a series that brings you to the centre of contemporary African literature with discussions between leading African authors curated by Zukiswa Wanner and hosted by Goethe-Namibia. Since it kicked off in 2020, it has featured among others Niq Mhlongo, Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi, Tendai Huchu, Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor, Natasha Omokhodion-Kalulu Banda, Ondjaki, Ishmael Beah, and Siphiwe Gloria Ndlovu.
The guest for September 11 will be Rwanda-Born Namibian writer Rémy Ngamije whose debut novel The Eternal Audience of One was recently published by Gallery/Scout Press in the USA. Cofounder and editor-in-chief of Doek! Literary Magazine, Namibia’s first, his work has appeared in Litro Magazine, AFREADA, The Johannesburg Review of Books, Brainwavez, The Amistad, The Kalahari Review, American Chordata, Azure, Sultan’s Seal, Santa Ana River Review, Columbia Journal, New Contrast, Necessary Fiction, Silver Pinion, and Lolwe. He was shortlisted for the AKO Caine Prize for African Writing in 2020 and 2021 and longlisted for the 2020 Afritondo Short Story Prize. He won the Commonwealth Short Story Prize Africa section this year for his story Granddaughter of the Octopus.
The blurb for Ngamije’s novel is;
Nobody ever makes it to the start of a story, not even the people in it. The most one can do is make some sort of start and then work toward some kind of ending.
One might as well start with Séraphin: playlist-maker, nerd-jock hybrid, self-appointed merchant of cool, Rwandan, stifled and living in Windhoek, Namibia. Soon he will leave the confines of his family life for the cosmopolitan city of Cape Town, in South Africa, where loyal friends, hormone-saturated parties, adventurous conquests, and race controversies await. More than that, his long-awaited final year in law school promises to deliver a crucial puzzle piece of the Great Plan immigrant: a degree from a prestigious university.
But a year is more than the sum of its parts, and en route to the future, the present must be lived through and even the past must be survived.
From one of Africa’s emerging literary voices comes a lyrical and piquant tale of family, migration, friendship, war, identity, and race following the intersecting lives of Séraphin and a host of eclectic characters from pre- and post-1994 Rwanda, colonial and post-independence Windhoek, Paris and Brussels in the 70s, Nairobi public schools, and the racially charged streets of Cape Town.
Email your name and mobile number with “virtual” as the subject to [email protected] to register for this Virtual Gathering and stand the chance to win a copy of his novel.