Programme

AFTERNOON
Twitter Space on @ AfriBooksDesign: Joanne Joseph: On Children of Sugarcane and Opening Conversations About Our Shared History
  • 12:00

Twitter Space on @ AfriBooksDesign: Joanne Joseph: On Children of Sugarcane and Opening Conversations About Our Shared History

This is a Twitter space that will take us into the history of South Africans of Indian Descent through the lens of ‘Children of Sugarcane.’ This session speaks to the need for culture sharing between the races in South Africa, so as to bring communities closer together by showing the shared history of colonialism and its impact.

AFTERNOON
Twitter Space on @ AfriBooksDesign: Suhfree Cletus S. Author, Africa Where Did We Go Wrong
  • 15:00

Twitter Space on @ AfriBooksDesign: Suhfree Cletus S. Author, Africa Where Did We Go Wrong

Suhfree is a postgraduate student from the University of Johannesburg who identifies as “a young Pan-African thinker whose mind has been shaped to look beyond Western rhetorical writings about Africa” In his book, “Africa Where Did We Go Wrong”? he goes deep to capture a categorical stand against Eurocentrism and Western philosophy on the continent. In this session we will explore the themes in his book and give insight into how young African’s are beginning to see and shape their narrative. Hopefully the powers that be will listen.

MORNING
Twitter Space on @AfriBooksDesign: Victor Kgomoeswana: Africa Bounces Back
  • 18:00

Twitter Space on @AfriBooksDesign: Victor Kgomoeswana: Africa Bounces Back

It has been nearly ten years since Africa is Open for Business was first published and Victor Kgomoeswana showcased the continent as a place of opportunity and fertile ground for business. But, if recent headlines are anything to go by, then the current outlook seems dim. As a result of corruption, the deepening infrastructure backlog, including resistance to 4IR developments, and the current global pandemic, it seems the continent is fast running out of time. However, when asked if Africa is still open for business, Kgomoeswana confidently says, ‘It depends on your perspective.’
Through the lens of: Africa Bounces Back, drawing on case studies that look at the continent’s response to COVID-19 and where it might leave us, Victor explores how the shift from globalisation to more nationalist politics could impact the region amidst growing global terror and the tipping point of the African Continental Free Trade Area implementations.

Thursday is fully digital with 3 Twitter Spaces that will drive traffic to the festival and set the tone for the remainder of the event.

MORNING
Press Briefing - Speakers & VIP’s Networking Breakfast
  • 08:00 – 10:00

Press Briefing - Speakers & VIP’s Networking Breakfast

An Industry Breakfast bringing the stakeholders who have made this year’s event possible and sharing the vision for the Africa Book & Design Festival Going Forward.

MORNING
Festival Opening - Connecting the Past, Present & Future of African Literature  One – on – One with Mandla Langa
  • 10:00 – 10:30

Festival Opening - Connecting the Past, Present & Future of African Literature One – on – One with Mandla Langa

A conversation about the value of literature and how African story telling can connect African’s and bring us together in our quest to create a new narrative for Africa. Through The Lost Language of the Soul, we aim to rediscover the lost threads that bind us; as we go on this journey of self-discovery with the protagonist of the story; we may perhaps find it in ourselves to discard the pains and hurts of colonialism, accept our shared history and identity and come together in reshaping the continent’s narrative.

MORNING
MORNING
Publishing and Selling African Stories in the Digital Visual Content Age; A Conversation with African Publishers
  • 10:30 – 11:15

Publishing and Selling African Stories in the Digital Visual Content Age; A Conversation with African Publishers

Muhtar Bakare, Publishing Director, Kachifo Limited, Nigeria
Fiston Mudacumura, Publisher, Mudacumura Publishing House, Rwanda
Phehello Mofoken, Chief Publisher, Geko Publishing, South Africa
Nkanyezi Tshabalala, Publisher: Jonathan Ball Local
Rose Pierce, Publisher, The African Book Society

MORNING
Bookmarked - Book & Author Spotlight: One - on - One with Author, Trevor Ngwane
  • 11:15 – 11:45

Bookmarked - Book & Author Spotlight: One - on - One with Author, Trevor Ngwane

A conversation about the importance and challenges of writing non-fictional, political literature in Africa. The context for the discussion is Trevor Ngwane’s new book, Amakomiti: Democracy in South African Shack Settlements.

Amakomiti: Reflections on Democracy in South Africa i asks the question: “Can people who live in shantytowns, shacks and favelas teach us anything about democracy?” The book challenges us to as questions about how to govern in a way that is inclusive, participatory whilst addressing popular needs? Amakomiti: Reflections on Democracy in South Africa argues that such governance is possible.

MORNING
An Introduction into the world of book design in African Publishing
  • 11:45 – 11:50

An Introduction into the world of book design in African Publishing

Featuring the finalists from the Good Book Appreciation Society Finalists for the Book Cover Awards 2021

- Ayanda Pasha
- Nsuku Sithole

MORNING
Africa Book Cover Design Awards Announcement
  • 11:50 – 12:00

Africa Book Cover Design Awards Announcement

Paige Nick, Founder Good Book Appreciation Society & Book Cover Swards
Africa Book & Design Festival in support of the Good Book Appreciation Society Awards announces Finalists for the Illustration Excellence Award for the 2021 Book Cover Design Awards

AFTERNOON
Literati Lunch
  • 12:00 – 14:00

Literati Lunch

AFTERNOON
Graphic Novels Spotlight: All Rise: A Graphic History
  • 14:00 – 14:30

Graphic Novels Spotlight: All Rise: A Graphic History

A Virtual Conversation with author Richard Convingham that explores the creative process behind graphic novels through the eyes of Richard Convingham. Convingham is the author of All Rise: Resistance and Rebellion in South Africa: A Graphic History. This graphic anthology breathes new life into South Africa’s history, and promises to inspire all readers to become everyday activists and allies. The diverse creative team behind All Rise, from an array of races, genders, and backgrounds, is a testament to the multicultural South Africa dreamt by the heroes in these stories—true stories of grit, compassion, and hope told for the first time in graphic print.

AFTERNOON
Consider Illustration
  • 14:30 – 15:00

Consider Illustration

One on One with Lethabo Huma, Digital Illustrator
In a world that is becoming more obsessed with visuals, Africa Book and Design Festival speaks to Lethabo Huma about illustration and how it can be used to bring books to life. Bringing books to life is essential to encouraging a culture of reading in Africa. Lethabo Huma is best known for her born-digital work. Huma creates digital paintings and illustrations but still following traditional painting and drawing techniques in order to achieve expressive brushwork texture. She marries the old with the new in a way that keeps traditional techniques alive in a digital world. Huma was recently featured in Time Magazine’s Time pieces; a First of its Kind Initiative that showcase a collection of more than 4,500 Original NFTs (what are these?) from Over 40 Artists Around the World.

AFTERNOON
Connecting African Literature to African Audiences:
  • 15:00 – 15:30

Connecting African Literature to African Audiences:

  1. Lorraine Sithole, Vice-chairperson of the International Board on Books for Young People South African chapter
  2. Pumza Shabangu Author & Educator
  3. Nyiko Mthembi Founder & Publicist, Tivisa Publicity
  4. Chanal Mansfield, Founder & Publisher, What Now Publishing

A conversation that explores how Africa’s literary world can tap into the continent’s growing consumer market. Making reading a valuable part of our lifestyle. Panellists are publicists and activists who are actively working to connect authors to buying audiences and also doing the important work of making books available to those that need them the most.

AFTERNOON
Bookmarked - Book & Author Spotlight:
  • 15:40 – 16:00

Bookmarked - Book & Author Spotlight:

One on One with Author, Phehello Mofokeng, A Note to Taiwa: A Book on The Music of Moses Molelekwa.

The musical life of Moses Molelekwa was one full of promise and unmatched genius. He changed the face of jazz and took it from the elite and made it relevant to young generations. He affected the kwaito genre in ways that no one artist has done to any other genre of music in South Africa and is the God father of the now popular Amapiano Sound. When he passed away – at the fine young age of 27 – Molelekwa was only beginning his grand musical journey.
We sit with Phehello J Mofokeng to go on this journey of this towering yet young genius of Jazz who forever transformed South African music.

EVENING
Poetry Africa
  • 18:00 – 21:00

Poetry Africa

A night with some of our continent’s exciting poetic voices. Poetry Africa will feature spoken word performances from poets that are waxing poetic on the everyday realities of African life. The night will kick off with a discussion on the state of poetry in Africa followed by poetry readings that will reflect on our past, present and future.

VENUE: THE LANDROVER EXPERIENCE CENTER

Lefifi Tladi, Poet, South Africa
Eugene Skeef, Poet, South Africa
Romeo Oriogun, Poet, Nigeria
Billy Chipata, Poet, Zimbabwe
Kojo Bafoe, Poet, Ghana/South Africa
Lamelle Shaw, Poet, Liberia
Special Performance from Art Nursery Studio’s from Swaziland

EVENT ADDRESS

University of Pretoria Future Africa Campus
cnr Lynnwood Road and Roper Street
Hatfield
MORNING
Networking Breakfast
  • 08:30 – 09:00

Networking Breakfast

MORNING
The Power of Literature in Shaping Identity:
  • 09:00 – 10:00

The Power of Literature in Shaping Identity:

A conversation with Barbara Masekela. An extra-ordinary South African poet, educator and activist, Masekela brings us Poli Poli, a memoir that is intentional in grounding Masekela’s experiences in a social history of the country over generations. Masekela uses her life story to illustrate the features and characteristics that typified life in particular places, like Kwa-Guqa in the 1940s, Johannesburg, Alexandra Township, and Inanda Seminary School (for Coloured girls) in KwaZulu-Natal.

Ma’am Barbra shares intimate details about the growing pains of a childhood inhibited by strict beliefs and systems, first-hand experiences of struggle and sacrifice, violence and other forms of inhumanity and the deep scars they etch, while also telling the story of the author’s life-giving relationship with her siblings. In this session she takes us on a remarkable history that speaks to issues of then and now – belonging, African identity, women’s rights, and femininity

30min One on One Interview Followed by Question-and-Answer Session

MORNING
Women’s Voices: The Power of Feminine Centred Stories
  • 10:00 – 11:00

Women’s Voices: The Power of Feminine Centred Stories

A conversation with:
- Dudu Busani Dube: Author the Hlomu Series South Africa
- Nomsa Mwamuka: Author (The Crossover Generation) Zimbabwe
- Dr Sindiwe Magona: Author, When the Village Sleeps
- Damilare Kuku: Author, Nearly All the Men in Lagos Are Mad

In this conversation the Africa Book and Design Festival asks the question – “How do female African storytellers remain relevant and influential in our fast changing, complex environment?” We explore how African female authors navigate telling their stories in the face of new technologies, global warming, Covid -19 and many other issues that are top of mind in global conversations.

Question & Answer

MORNING
Bookmarked: Book & Author Spotlight – Black Consciousness, A Love Story
  • 11:00 – 12:00

Bookmarked: Book & Author Spotlight – Black Consciousness, A Love Story

One on One with Hlumelo Biko, Author.
‘If Steve Biko were alive today, we would have a country that gladly embraces African culture as the dominant driving force for how society is organised ...’

In 1968, two young medical students, Steve Biko and Mamphela Ramphele, fell in love while dreaming of a life free from oppression and racial discrimination. Their love story is also the story of the founding of the Black Consciousness Movement (BCM) by a group of 15 principled and ambitious students at the University of Natal in Durban in the early 1970s.
In this deeply personal book, Hlumelo Biko, who was born of Steve and Mamphela’s union, movingly recounts his parents’ love story and how the BCM’s message of black self-love and self-reliance helped to change the course of South African history.
In spiritual conversation with his father, Hlumelo re-examines what it takes to live a Black Consciousness life in today’s South Africa. He also explains why he believes his father – who was brutally murdered by the apartheid police in 1977 – would have supported true radical economic transformation if he were alive today.

AFTERNOON
Literati Lunch
  • 12:00 – 14:00

Literati Lunch

AFTERNOON
I Call Africa Home: The Importance of Telling Stories of Africa’s Diversity
  • 14:00 – 14:45

I Call Africa Home: The Importance of Telling Stories of Africa’s Diversity

A conversation with:
Shubnum Khan, Author, South Africa
Mohamedou Ould Salahi, Author, Mauritania
Hafsa Zayyan, Author, Uganda
Jamil F Khan, Author, South Africa

Moderator: Lerato Mogoatle, Author of “Vagabond Wandering Through Africa”

From North to south, east to west, Africa is home to people from various cultures around the world. Even though the word ‘African’ is typically used to describe black African people, there are people of all races and creeds that also call Africa home. This panel discussion dives into the experiences of non-black African’s and demonstrates the value that all these different perspectives bring to the table in creating a new inclusive narrative for Africa.

MORNING
Francophone Stories Spotlight:
  • 14:45 – 15:00

Francophone Stories Spotlight:

One on One with Max Lobe, Author Cameroon

For the most part, the francophone story is the immigrant story with majority of recognised Francophone authors being immigrants in Europe. Max Lobe was born in Douala Cameroon and moved to Switzerland at age 18. He is the author of four critically acclaimed novels and numerous short stories. Inspired by both the traditions of black African literature and folk tales and by the realities of the immigrant experience in Switzerland, Max Lobe’s stories tackle serious and important issues such as terrorism, violence, poverty, homophobia and the plight of undocumented migrants, giving us a 360 view of Francophone Africa.

AFTERNOON
Ian Fuhr, Author, Cultureneering: A conversation on building culture; in business and in communities.
  • 15:00 – 15:45

Ian Fuhr, Author, Cultureneering: A conversation on building culture; in business and in communities.

To Play on Ian’s word and applying Cultureneering in communities: “Building an economy in a highly diverse and often racially polarised country requires a sense of how to build an inclusive culture out of a fragmented society. A strong culture is based on trust, equality, respect and mutual tolerance. When every member of society has a true sense of belonging, despite their differences, it is possible to create a common purpose of obsessive service to community and country.” Using Ian Furh’s argument in Cultureneering: Culture, Diversity and Customer Service, we expand the theory and test how it can be applied on a community/society level as South Africa reaches a point where it is evident that all South African’s come together to build a common purpose.
Fuhr founded the Sorbet Group, Africa’s largest beauty salon chain, and later the Hatch Institute, a coaching and consulting business.

AFTERNOON
The Ups and Downs of the Road to Self-Publishing
  • 15:45 – 16:30

The Ups and Downs of the Road to Self-Publishing

A conversation with:
- Sue Nyati, Author
- Busisekile Khumalo, Author
- Phindiwe Mabhena, Author
- Tshego Monaisa, Author

For most aspiring authors in Africa, self-publishing is the only option for their books to be read as African stories still fight for a place in the global publishing arena. This panel discussion will give voice to the self-publishing journey; the pro’s the cons and the best way to do it in order for your work to reach its intended audience.

Question & Answer

EVENING
Showmax Bookies Cocktail Evening - Find the Bookie in You
  • 18:00 – 21:00

Showmax Bookies Cocktail Evening - Find the Bookie in You

Hosted by:
- Damilare Kuku
- Dudu Busani Dube

An intimate event that will bring fans in direct conversation with selected authors that are speaking to the ‘New African Woman’ narrative. The event will feature female authors that are writing stories about what it means to be an independent but still traditional African woman. The conversation allows guests to express what this means for them in the context of relationships, sexual health, career paths and more. Headline Author, Dudu Dube will share her journey of bringing the “Hlomu Series” to life – from the back pages of her books to the television series debuting on Showmax. Her books tell the story of a modern young South African woman who falls in love with a Taxi boss. The raving success of her self-published books inspires the demand for more female centred, modern day African romance Literature.

EVENT ADDRESS

Summer Place Sandton
69 Melville Rd, Hyde Park
Johannesburg

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