Tsitsi Dangarembga is the main draw at the Artistic Encounters event at Cheche Books, Nairobi on July 9, 2022. The free event also featuring Hana Kefela and Wandiri Karimi runs from 3-5 pm.
Tsitsi Dangarembga is one of the most respected and beloved writers in the African literary community. The Zimbabwean writer and filmmaker has written the Tambudzai trilogy of Nervous Conditions (1988), The Book of Not (2006), and This Mournable Body (2018). She is also a filmmaker of note writing Neria (1993), as well as directing Everyone’s Child (1996), and Growing Stronger (2005). She has many accolades for her writing and her courage in the face of the horror that the continuing unravelling of Zimbabwe.
In 2020, she was appointed the International Chair of Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia. In her new role, she would be supported by the university’s Creative Writing department to deliver events, masterclasses, and workshops.
In the last few months, some of her work has come to pass as the workshops have started happening. In Nambia as part of the Doek Literary Festival, there was a workshop for writers in April. In Botswana, workshops hosted by the Gaborone Book Festival and facilitated by Bontenkanye Botumilein in the towns of Gaborone and Maun ran in June.
In Kenya, there is a masterclass ongoing at the United Kenya Club facilitated by Elias Mutani (Kiswahili) and Zukiswa Wanner (English) joined by Tsitsi Dangarembga. With Dangarembga in town, there have been a few events organised for the Kenyan public to interact with the celebrated author. The one event that Nairobians can catch up with the Zimbabwean is the Artistic Encounters event at Cheche Books on Saturday, July 9.
Artistic Encounters to a new reader to this blog is a project initiated by Zukiswa Wanner where artists from two different disciplines offered a performance combining their two specialities at the Goethe-Institut Nairobi. Typically, the anchor disciplines were either poetry or prose combining with the visual arts, music instruments, acting, and loads more. The artists came from Kenya, Uganda, Nigeria, Botswana, Germany, South Africa, Malawi, Zimbabwe, Eritrea, and Sierra Leone.
This July event will have Hana Kefela and Wandiri Karimi doing their rendition of Tsitsi Dangarembga’s legendary debut Nervous Conditions. It will be Tsitsi’s second showing on the Artistic Encounters stage after the 2019 running by Thandi Sebe.
Actress Hana Kefela returns to Artistic Encounters after a successful event doing her rendition of Pede Hollist novel So The Path Does Not Die. Wandiri Karimi who recently ended a role as director of the Kenya Conservatoire of Music and the founder of the Kenya Conservatoire Women’s Orchestra will be making her debut in the series. The event will end with a question-and-answer session moderated by Zukiswa Wanner.
If you are a fan of Tsitsi Dangarembga, this is an opportunity to interact with the famous author who we hear will be signing books as well.