Ondjaki was born in Luanda in 1977 and is one of the most important Portuguese-language writers in Africa. He holds a doctorate in African Studies. He has written poetry, short stories, books for children, novels, drama and film scripts. In 2014, he was among the 39 most promising writers under 40 from Africa, selected by the Hay Festival's Africa39 project.
Attending the Macondo Literary Festival marks his first visit to Nairobi.
What you can't miss:

A dilapidated apartment block in Luanda, Angola's capital city. The building has seven floors and breathes like a living being. You just need to know the secrets of this labyrinth and its people....

"Transparent city" is a poetical satire on post-colonial, post-socialist Angola and a declaration of love to the people of Luanda.


World Literature Today

By the beaches of Luanda, the Soviets are building a grand mausoleum in honour of the Comrade President. Granmas are whispering: houses will be dexploded, and everyone will have to leave...

"Granma Nineteen and the Soviet's secret" is a charming coming-of-age story from a rising star in African literature (says the book cover, but we agree)


Words without Borders

Disclaimer: Books by our festival guests will be available during and after the event from our partnering bookshop, Prestige Bookshop