The 27th edition of Carthage Film Festival ended recently in Tunis, the capital city of Tunisia. It is a film fiesta that is dedicated to Arab and African filmmakers and features seminars, lectures and the screening of more than 100 films.
Toni Kan’s novel, The Carnivorous City, is an atypical crime story set on the streets of Lagos. The book is powered by desire, delight and death.
Cameroonian musician and song-writer Emmanuel “Manu” N’Djoké Dibango turns 83 today. We have a list of five songs from this #afrojazz artist.
If, in the English-speaking world, he is (mostly) known to university students reading African literature, in the francophone world Ahmadou Kourouma is a literary giant. This is a feat he managed not by producing a lot of writings – the writer, who died in 2003 at the age of 76 in exile in Lyon, wrote six novels, and unlike most writers of his generation, did not engage in writing numerous essays or opinion pieces. Kourouma was that writer who let his books express what he felt. On the anniversary of his death on 11 December 2003, This Is Africa brings you a portrait of the Ivorian literary giant whose unique writing style is unrivalled in his native country.
In 4 years, the Ake Book Festival has become one of the most important events for the Nigerian literary scene. Oris Aigbokhaevbolo, a guest at the just concluded edition, considers the impact of the festival and recounts his experience of getting Ngugi wa Thiong’o a plate.
If you’re a fan of afro-futurism films, then the latest film by Addis Ababa-based award-winning director Miguel Llansó is a must see. The Ethiopian sci-fi film ‘Crumbs’ has just gone online. We spoke to director, Miguel, about his latest film.
Most Kenyans depend on minibuses, commonly referred to as ‘matatus’, as their means of transport. However, matatus are much more than a form of getting from one point to the next. They are at the heart of urban pop culture in Kenya. Consequently, there are suggestions of an annual international fair to showcase the phenomenon that even a first-time visitor to Kenya will find hard to miss.
A literary festival panel can be a spectator sport. This was the case at the 2016 edition of the Ake Festival, Nigeria’s (and arguably Africa’s) most glamorous week-long arts and book gathering. ‘Glamorous’ because it attracts big names in literature, intellectuals, thinkers, not only from the continent but the world. Naturally, where stars are, admirers will follow.
Although the Lagos International Poetry festival is only in its second year, literary giants from around the continent are applauding Efe Paul Azino and his team for showcasing African poetry and bringing poets and art lovers together to celebrate the beauty that is African poetry.