Alain Mabanckou

Alain Mabanckou was born in Congo-Brazzaville in 1966. One of the most talented and prolific writers of his generation, his first novel, Bleu-Blanc-Rouge (Blue-White-Red) won the Grand prix littéraire d’Afrique noire. Other well known novels include Verre cassé (Broken Glass), unanimously praised by the press and critics and adapted for the theatre. Broken Glass was published in English translation in 2009.

In 2006 he published Memoires de porc-épic (Memoirs of a Porcupine) which won the Prix Renaudot, one of the highest distinctions in francophone literature.

Alain Mabanckou will travel to Lagos

Home brewed, extra matured…

We visit Lagos 13 years after Fela Kuti’s death to see a city leveraging its creative powers to make commercial film and music for the entire continent. Over the past seven years, Nollywood and a group of Nigerian music producers have taken the continent by storm. At the center of this phenomenon, what could be called the “lab” for many of Nigeria’s new sounds and styles—also the birthplace of many of its world-class soccer players—is Ajegunle, a notorious slum and the most ethnically mixed part of Lagos.

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