Africa Utopia: Opening Keynote Wanuri Kahiu
11.30am – 12.30pm, Southbank Centre’s Purcell Room
This year’s Africa Utopia festival is inspired by the theme of Pan-Africanism. The opening keynote is given by Kenyan film director and producer Wanuri Kahiu and looks at how the arts and creative output from Africa and its diaspora can bring about positive social change.
Pan-African Literary All-Stars
1pm – 2pm, Level 5 Function Room, Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall
In a talk designed to celebrate some of 2018’s outstanding contemporary African literature, a number of authors discuss the varied themes, topics and styles of their work. Featuring writers Michael Donkor and Diana Evans and chaired by Mostly Lit podcast’s Derek Owusu.
Science Fiction Writing Workshop
1pm – 3.30pm, Level 3 Function Room, Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall
This workshop will help guests explore their imagination through the medium of language. Led by CJ Obasi, film-maker and screenwriter of Hello Rain (based on Nnedi Okorafor's Afrofuturistic short story Hello, Moto), participants will be aided and encouraged to begin their own piece of Afro-sci-fi fiction.
Yoruba Through Music
1pm – 2pm, Sunley Pavilion, Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall
Based on the premise that songs are a great tool for learning key phrases and expressions, this workshop presented by Languages Through Music teaches visitors the basics of Pidgin.
Swahili Through Music
2.30pm – 3.30pm, Sunley Pavilion, Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall
Based on the premise that songs are a great tool for learning key phrases and expressions, this workshop presented by Languages Through Music teach visitors the basics of Swahili.
She Called Me Woman
2.30pm – 3.30pm, Level 5 Function Room, Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall
This event comprises readings from newly published She Called Me Woman, a collection of twenty-five unique and beautifully told narratives that paint a vivid portrait of what it means to be a queer Nigerian woman. Readers include the podcast collective Sistren and author Olumide Popoola.
United States of Africa: The Future of Pan-Africanism
4pm – 5pm, Southbank Centre’s Purcell Room
This panel discussion asks what a truly united African continent might look like. In light of the African Union’s aim to introduce an ‘All-Africa’ common passport and visa-free travel across 54 countries by 2020, our speakers consider whether the Pan-African dream is finally becoming a reality. Panellists include Kehinde Andrews, Juan Tomás Ávila Laurel and Fatimah Kelleher.