Africa in Science Fiction event to feature Pumzi screening

By The Ligali Organisation | Fri 9 November 2012

Pumzi by Wanuri Kahui

The seminal film Pumzi by director Wanuri Kahui is to feature in a key event discussing Africa in Science Fiction at the Southbank Centre, London.

Sci-fi fans, Toyin Agbetu and award-winning novelist, Courttia Newland have organised two events challenging the parameters of African science fiction, by asking what it is, where it comes from and what it could be, with discussions, stories, poetry and film. Who's making waves in the genre? How do ancestral cultures and traditions inform the contemporary artist, and how do they engage with a 'western' canon?

Engaging the audience are leading artists in this field, including one of the UK’s first African female sci-fi authors, Tosin Coker, author and Granta contributor Biram Mboob, filmmaker Kibwe Tavares and playwright Oladipo Agboluaje. The sessions will be chaired by Words of Colour’s executive director Joy Francis and community educator, Toyin Agbetu.

Cipher the Beautiful (By Kofi Allen)


6.30pm - 7.45pm
Universal Mind Control
How do short stories, novels and poetry address African diaspora cosmology and futuristic worlds?

8pm - 9pm
Parable of the Talents
Sci Fi movies have begun to boldly go where no man has gone before - Africa. Meet the visionaries who dare to imagine new settings for age-old stories.

Leading Talent: Biram Mboob, Tosin Coker, Oladipo Agboluaje

External Links
Southbank Centre - Ticket Booking
Tosin Coker
Biram Mboob - Harabella
Understanding character development when writing a screenplay - Oladipo Agboluaje

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Please note - this free event requires a ticket. You can reserve your ticket online (£1.75 transaction fee) or by phone on 0844 847 9910 (£2.75 transaction fee). Transaction fees apply per transaction, not per ticket. You can also reserve your seat without a transaction fee by visiting one of our Southbank Centre Ticket Offices in person.

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