KNT Auditorium

10 am -  11 am

Future histories

Graphic novelist Chief Nyamweya will engage the audience in imagining themselves as future historians: History may repeat itself, but often in unrecognizable ways. How can African storytellers root today's transformative technologies, such as bitcoin, in our unique historical context?

12 noon - 1 pm

Africa Book Launch: The Sun on my head by Geovani Martins (Brazil)

A published author at 27, Geovani's first short-story collection was received to huge acclaim last year in his native Brazil. We celebrate the Africa launch of the English translation "The sun on my head", containing 13 stories bringing to life the experiences of boys and young men growing up in the favelas of Rio de Janeiro.


Moderator: Nanjala Nyabola

2 pm - 3 pm

The sky does not know how to dance alone

Angolan writer Ondjaki and Kenyan Nyatiti musician Makadem join each other to improvise their art and to let themselves be played by the moment. Loose sentences, poetry and silences projected on the screen. Improvisations on words, moments, music, writing, dreaming...

4 pm - 5 pm

Women in African histories

History(telling) is defined by the victor. While victors are overwhelmingly male, where are women in African history: As historical figures and as writers? Authors Novuyo Rosa Tshuma (Zimbabwe) and Dina Salústio (Cape Verde) in conversation


Moderator: Tom Odhiambo

6 pm - 8 pm

Tabatô, a village of peace makers in Guinea-Bissau

A conversation between João Viana (Angola/Portugal) and Judy Kibinge (Kenya) will highlight the interconnectedness between literature and cinema. João spent five years living in Tabatô, “adopted” by a family of griots. The screening of the short film "The battle of Tabatô" (2013), shot in Guinea-Bissau, is a stepping stone for a discussion about the richness of African history, storytelling, literature and decolonial cinema. 

Ukumbi Mdogo

10.30 am - 11.30 am

History? Whose history?

The struggles for liberation as well as social movements on the continent have provided subjects and themes for some historical fiction. Authors Novuyo Rosa Tshuma (Zimbabwe) and Dina Salústio (Cape Verde) in conversation with writer and activist Njuki Githethwa (Kenya)


Moderator: Wandia Njoya

12.30 pm - 13.30 pm

History? My history?

How histories define home, belonging and identity: geographically, politically, spiritually, socially and artistically - and how this reflects in literature. A conversation between Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor (Kenya), Jonny Steinberg (SA) and Ondjaki (Angola)


Moderator: Mshai Mwangola

2.30 pm - 3.30 pm

Worlds of violence

Geovani writes stories of boys and men growing up in Brazil's favelas where life is scarred by drugs and violence. Bissau-Guinean Yovanka's texts are marked by her early experience with conflict in her country. Abubakar's home is Jos, a place where ethnic tensions are not unknown. Three authors on the worlds they grew up in that formed their literary expressions. Are they writing other worlds into existence?

Moderator: Tom Odhiambo

4.30 pm - 5.30 pm

Translating African histories

Language is home, identity, belonging. So is history. How can histories get translated into the world of another language? What stories are created through this process? Translator Jethro Soutar talks with former Jalada Africa Managing Editor Moses Kilolo about the challenges, risks and triumphs of translating African (hi)stories


Moderator: Catherine Ndung'o

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