Tochi Onyebuchi wrapped up day one of Season 3 of Afrolit Sans Frontières on Africa Day, May 25, 2020. He was hosted by Mohale Mashigo.
Afrolit Sans Frontières, a virtual literary festival for writers of African origin, started as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic international lockdown in March. It has had two iterations with Season 1 curated by festival founder Zukiswa Wanner in March and Season 2 co-curated with Maaza Mengiste and the founder in April. Season 3, with curation by Mohale Mashigo and Zukiswa Wanner, features 16 writers from 13 countries streaming from 15 cities in English, French, and Portuguese. All sessions run on the official Afrolit Sans Frontières Instagram page from May 25 to June 1.
Day one of the festival kicked off with Dilman Dila streaming from Kampala, Uganda before Tochi Onyebuchi’s session from New York, USA later in the day. Onyebuchi is the author of the young adult novel Beasts Made of Night, which won the Ilube Nommo Award for Best Speculative Fiction Novel by an African, its sequel, Crown of Thunder, War Girls, and his latest and Riot Baby. He holds a B.A. from Yale, an M.F.A. in screenwriting from the Tisch School of the Arts, a Master’s degree in droit économique from Sciences Po, and a J.D. from Columbia Law School. His adult fiction debut, Riot Baby, was published by Tor.com in January 2020.
With Mohale Mashigo being invited into the session by Tochi like in previous sessions, the discussions on beard etiquette, the work from the writer, the role of religion in writing, and much more. You can watch it below.