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Shadreck Chikoti to speak at The Writivisim Festival

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Award winning writer Shadreck Chikoti, who was recently listed among the top 10 contemporary African writers by www.africa. com, is among the speakers at the fifth edition of The Writivisim Festival in Kampala, Uganda.

The Writivism Festival is organised by the Centre for African Cultural Excellence (CACE).

It is part of Writivism, the organisation’s flagship initiative that identifies mentors and promotes emerging African writers.

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The festival is Uganda’s leading literary event and it celebrates various arts around an annual theme.

This year’s theme is ‘Reinventing the Future’ and the festival will take place from August 17 to August 20.

Chikoti said yesterday that he was happy to be among the list of speakers at the festival as well as represent Malawi.

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“I am happy to be one of the speakers at this festival which is quickly becoming one of Africa’s gathering for writers, artists and lovers of art.

Some of the writers who have graced this festival include Ngugi, Habila, Bulawayo, Tsitsi and Makumbi,” said the Peer Gynt Award winner.

Other speakers at the festival include Uganda’s Carol Kagezi, Belinda Katumba and Kenya’s Billy Kahora.

Chikoti said he will leave for the festival on August 16.

Some of the activities to run during the festival include book launches, plays, parties, comedies, music and exhibitions.

Chikoti, who is also the founder of Story Club Malawi, has made strides in the world of writing.

He was listed by CNN as one of seven must-read African authors.

Chikoti has won numerous literary awards, including the 2013 Peer Gynt Literary Award with his futuristic novel, Azotus the kingdom, also shortlisted for Africa Nommo Awards for speculative fiction.

He was also recently nominated by the Africa 39 project as one of the “most promising African writers under the age of 40.”

Chikoti’s work has also appeared in several anthologies, including the Caine Prize anthology To See the Mountain and Other Stories (2011), and in All The Good Things Around Us: An Anthology of African Short Stories.

Before attending the festival in Uganda, Chikoti is also expected to be one of the moderators at the Malawi Book Festival driven by Book Publishers Association of Malawi (Bpam).

The Malawi Book Festival starts tomorrow and will end on August 12.

It will officially be opened by Minister of Civic Education, Culture and Community Development Cecilia Chazama.

Chikoti will moderate the entertainment activity Thursday which will feature poems recitals and acoustic music.

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