Abantu Book Festival organisers announce new additions to this year’s programme – including Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie!

Abantu Book Festival organisers have announced some additional international guests of this year’s event, namely Odafe Atogun, Lola Shoneyin and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.

This year’s festival will take place from 6–9 December 2018 at the Eyethu Lifestyle Centre and the Soweto Theatre.

Adichie, who previously visited South Africa in 2003 for the Time of the Writer Festival in Durban, is one of Africa’s most influential and esteemed writers. She is the author of the novels Purple HibiscusHalf of a Yellow Sun and Americanah, a short story collection, The Thing Around Your Neck, as well as the non-fiction books Dear Ijeawele and We Should All Be Feminists.

Adichie will be at the Abantu Book Festival on Friday, 7 December, at the Eyethu Lifestyle Centre, in conversation with Professor Pumla Dineo Gqola.

A large part of the festival line-up was announced in October, including Tsitsi Dangarembga, Kagiso Lesego Molope, Helon Habila, Novuyo Rosa Tshuma, and many others.

As part of the new announcements:

Odafe Atogun, author of the acclaimed Taduno’s Song and Wake Me When I’m Gone, will be in conversation with Wamuwi Mbao.

Lola Shoneyin, founder and director of the celebrated Aké Arts and Book Festival, and author, most notably of The Secret Lives of Baba Segi’s Wives, will be in conversation with The Cheeky Natives.

As Abantu says, ‘Fam, cancel the weddings, postpone the funerals if you can, but whatever you do don’t miss THIS!’

This year’s keynote speaker will be Bibi Bakare-Yusuf, feminist scholar, writer and founder of Cassava Republic Press.

Tickets will be on sale in November.

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