Zukiswa Wanner, Chike Frankie Edozien, Kalaf Epalanga, and Leye Adenle wrapped up day three of Season 2 of Afrolit Sans Frontières from cities around the world on Wednesday, April 22, 2020.
Afrolit Sans Frontières, a new initiative by and for writers of African origin, was started in March as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic international lockdown. Like the first edition, Season 2 features some of the leading names in African letters today with curation by Maaza Mengiste and festival founder Zukiswa Wanner. This season sees 16 writers from 14 countries streaming from 13 cities in English, French, and Portuguese over eight days under the festival theme “What I Wish You’d Ask Me.”
Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor kicked off proceedings on the first day from Nairobi, Kenya followed by festival co-curator Maaza Mengiste closing out the day from Zurich, Switzerland. The second day started out with Elma Shaw streaming from Kigali, Rwanda before the evening was concluded by Lola Shoneyin from Lagos, Nigeria.
The first speaker for the day was Edwige Renee Dro who was sitting in for the previously scheduled Tanella Boni who couldn’t make it. The evening session with Abdourahman A. Waberi as the scheduled speaker also had technical issues. Festival founder Zukiswa Wanner alongside Chike Frankie Edozien, Kalaf Epalanga, and Leye Adenle who all were guests at the first season of the festival took up that slot. It was an hour or so of the four writers sharing their opinions on a variety of topics with audience members chiming in with illuminating, inspiring, and downright zany comments.
You can watch video from the session below.