Bio About Rémy Ngamije

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Rémy Ngamije is a Rwandan-born Namibian writer and photographer. He is the founder, chairperson, and artministrator of Doek, an independent arts organisation in Namibia supporting the literary arts. He is also the co-founder and editor-in-chief of Doek! Literary Magazine, Namibia’s first and only literary magazine. He is represented by the Cecile B Literary Agency.

He won the Africa Regional Prize of the 2021 Commonwealth Short Story Prize and was shortlisted for the AKO Caine Prize for African Writing in 2020. He was longlisted and shortlisted for the 2020 and 2021 Afritondo Short Story Prizes respectively. In 2019 he was shortlisted for Best Original Fiction by Stack Magazines.

His debut novel The Eternal Audience Of One, was first published in South Africa is available from Blackbird Books, and is forthcoming worldwide in August 2021 from Scout Press (S&S).

Rémy Ngamije’s social media profiles:

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Praise for The Eternal Audience Of One:

“A law student contends with his family and future prospects in this funny and incisive debut from Namibian writer Ngamije . . . A vivid catalog of sorrows, embarrassments, and barely concealed hostilities, which Ngamije conveys through Séraphin’s sly commentary (his “weather report” for Cape Town: “Mild racism with scattered xenophobic showers. Watch out for house parties, folks!”). Fans of Brandon Taylor’s work will love this.” Publishers Weekly

“The Eternal Audience Of One is astoundingly good. From the first lines: ‘Windhoek has three temperatures: hot, mosquito, and fucking cold…’ a reader becomes completely immersed in Ngamije’s expansive world. This is a gorgeous, wildly funny and, above all, profoundly moving and humane novel. This book is going to make an impact.” Peter Orner, author of The Second Coming of Mavala Shikongo; Am I Alone Here; and, Esther Stories.

“Rémy Ngamije is a confident, bold new voice whose broad-canvas, debut novel follows the adventures of its Rwandan-born protagonist Séraphin and a colorful cast of friends and family. The Eternal Audience of One is laugh-out-loud funny with writing that is sometimes so beautiful that it dances off the page—to a millennial beat—in perfect tempo with its tales of migration, love, loss, and friendship. Here is where Michael Chabon meets Elnathan John meets Junot Diaz meets Zadie Smith.” — Sarah Ladipo Manyika, author of In Dependence and Like A Mule Bringing Ice Cream To The Sun.

“The Eternal Audience of One is as witty as it is incisive, charmingly  capturing the outsider-looking-in experiences of Ngamije’s key characters. A memorable debut to the African literary landscape.” Zukiswa Wanner, author of The Madams and London Cape Town Joburg.

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Excerpts from The Eternal Audience Of One:

“Windhoek has three temperatures: hot, mosquito, and fucking cold.” The Johannesburg Review Of Books.

“I want to go back to Rwanda but I don’t want to go back to be Rwandan.” Reading List.


Other Publications

Short Fiction

Nonfiction

Poetry

  • “The Things They Said” in Menacing Hedge (United States), forthcoming in July, 2021.
  • “Streetlights” in Menacing Hedge (United States), forthcoming in July, 2021.
  • “Tornado (or, The Only Poem You Ever Wrote)” in My Heart In Your Hands: Poems From Namibia (Namibia) in June, 2020.

Honours


Press, reviews, and interviews


Appearances

  • Participant: Deutsches Literatur Archiv’s Narrating Africa (07 May 2021) in Marbach, Germany.
  • Facilitator: Doek Writing Workshop: The Hidden Faces Of Character (13, 20, 27 March 2021) in Windhoek, Namibia.
  • Facilitator: Doek Writing Workshop: This Short Story Might Take A While (13, 20, and 27 February 2021) in Windhoek, Namibia.
  • Speaker: Hope And Optimism In Spite Of Present Difficulties: The Artist’s Response To Politics And Pandemics (02 February 2021) at the Women’s National Democratic Club in Washington, D.C., United States of America.
  • Participant: African Book Festival’s Voices From The Beginning: Books Born From Songs (27-28 January 2021) in Leipzig and Munich, Germany.
  • Facilitator: Jacana Writing Masterclass: The Delicate Art Of The Short Story (06 December 2020) from Windhoek, Namibia.
  • Moderator: Jacana Don’t Shut Up Conversations (09 November 2020) from Windhoek, Namibia.
  • Participant: Ake Arts & Book Festival (20-25 October 2020) in Lagos, Nigeria.
  • Participant: The South African Book Fair (09 September 2019) in Johannesburg, South Africa.
  • Moderator: Afrolit Sans Frontières Literary Festival (27 July-03 Aug 2020) from Windhoek, Namibia.
  • Moderator: Afrolit Sans Frontières Literary Festival (25 May-01 June 2020) from Windhoek, Namibia.
  • Speaker: Quick Starts & Long Pauses: A Young Writer’s Journey for Design Perspectives (11 May 2020) in Windhoek, Namibia.
  • Moderator: Afrolit Sans Frontières Literary Festival (20-27 April 2020) from Windhoek, Namibia.
  • Participant: Afrolit Sans Frontières Literary Festival (24 March 2020) from Windhoek, Namibia.
  • Participant: Time Of The Writer Literary Festival (23 March 2020) in Durban, South Africa.
  • Participant: Abantu Book Festival (05-09 December 2019) in Johannesburg, South Africa.
  • Participant: The South African Book Fair (09 September 2019) in Johannesburg, South Africa.
  • Participant: The Open Book Festival (04-08 September 2019) in Cape Town, South Africa.