Rémy Ngamije is a Rwandan-born Namibian writer and photographer. He writes for brainwavez.org, a writing collective based in South Africa. He is the editor-in-chief of Doek!, Namibia’s first literary magazine.
His debut novel The Eternal Audience Of One is available from Blackbird Books.
Praise for The Eternal Audience Of One
“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.
Excerpts from The Eternal Audience Of One
“Windhoek has three temperatures: hot, mosquito, and fucking cold.” – Available from The Johannesburg Review Of Books.
“I want to go back to Rwanda but I don’t want to go back to be Rwandan.” – Available from Reading List.
Reviews for The Eternal Audience Of One
“…if you’re looking for an intelligent escape-and-rescue literary experience, The Eternal Audience of One is your book. It’s an intricate interrogation of exile, homesickness and the alienation of immigrant lives. It’s also a brilliant postmodern take on how the arts—writing and music in particular—can deliver a troubled mind into gathering and holding all that our senses, by experience, have transmuted into consciousness, which, in a nutshell, is the greater purpose of our lives in this world. In this book, southern Africa has thrown its hat into the millennial fiction ring in a manner that is on par with its international peers. We have in Rémy Ngamije a rising literary star to watch.”
—Mphuthumi Ntabeni, author of The Broken River Tent, for The Johannesburg Review Of Books, October, 2019.
Fiction and poetry
- Wicked in Barzakh Magazine (USA), forthcoming in 2020.
- Only Stars Know The Meaning Of Space in Afritondo‘s anthology, forthcoming in 2020.
- Aqeesha (or, The Coward’s Tale) in The Punch Magazine‘s Migrations Anthology (IN), forthcoming in 2020.
- Tornado (or, The Only Poem You Ever Wrote) in My Heart In Your Hands: Poems From Namibia (NA), forthcoming in 2020.
- Nine Months Since Forever in Necessary Fiction (USA), forthcoming in 2020.
- Black, Coloured, And Blue (or, The Gangster’s Girlfriend) in New Contrast (RSA), in March, 2020.
- Important Terminology For Military Age Males in Columbia Journal (USA), in March, 2020.
- The Sage Of The Six Nigga Paths (or, The Life And Times Of The Five Os) in Sultan’s Seal (EGY), in January, 2020.
- Little Brother (or, Three In The Morning) in Sultan’s Seal (EGY), in December, 2019.
- Sofa, So Good, Sort Of (or, John Muafangejo) in Azure (US), in September, 2019.
- Dankie Botswana (or, Semper Fi) in Doek! (NA), in August, 2019.
- From The Lost City Of Hurtlantis To The Streets Of Helldorado (or, Franco) in American Chordata (USA), in July, 2019.
- Suikerbossie in The Kalahari Review (BW), in June, 2019.
- Crunchy, Green Apples (or, Omo) in The Amistad (USA), in May, 2019.
- The Neighbourhood Watch in The Johannesburg Review of Books (RSA), in February, 2019.
- Figures Of Preach in AFREADA (UK), in February, 2019.
- Yog’hurt (or, Just Breathe) in Litro Magazine (UK), in December, 2018.
- This Is How You Move Through The World in Santa Ana River Review (USA), in February, 2020.
- Let Me School You Cats On How To Reading Comic Books When You Live In A Small Town And You’re Poor (2018) in brainwavez (RSA), in August, 2018.
- Teju Cole Examines The African Supercity in brainwavez (RSA), in October, 2013.
- The DK Army in brainwavez (RSA), in August, 2012.
- Longlisted for the Afritondo Short Story Prize for Only Stars Know The Meaning Of Space in February, 2020.
- The Eternal Audience Of One listed as one of the Top 15 Debut Books of 2019 by Brittle Paper in January, 2020.
- The Eternal Audience Of One listed as the best debut novel in the Outstanding African Literary Awards by jamesmurua.com in January, 2020.
- Shortlisted for best original fiction by Stack Magazines in the 2019 Stack Magazine Awards for From The Lost City Of Hurtlantis To The Streets Of Helldorado (or, Franco), published in American Chordata in July, 2019.
- Meet The Writers Of The Afrolit Sans Frontières Virtual Literary Festival, on jamesmurua.com, in March, 2020.
- Afrolit Sans Frontières: Stories And Writers In the Comfort Of Your Own Home, in the Mail & Guardian, in March, 2020.
- Q&A With Rémy Ngamije on Cheeky Natives, in October, 2019.
- 3 Books To Add To Your Reading List in Bona, in September, 2019.
- New Talent Joins Established Voices at SA Book Fair 2019 in The Sunday Times, in August, 2019.
- Stellar South African Book Fair Programme Set To Ignite Constitution Hill in September, in Art Link, in August, 2019.
- Unboxing Rémy Ngamije in The Namibian, July, 2019.
- Young Novelist Narrates His Story in New Era, in April, 2019.
- Local Writer Publishes Debut Novel With Blackbird Books In South Africa in The Namibian, in April, 2018.
- Afrolit Sans Frontières Virtual Literary Festival (24 March 2020), from Windhoek, Namibia.
- Time Of The Writer Virtual Literary Festival (23 March 2020), hosted in Durban, South Africa.
- Abantu Book Festival (05-09 December 2019), in Johannesburg, South Africa.
- The South African Book Fair (09 September 2019), in Johannesburg, South Africa.
- The Open Book Festival (04-08 September 2019) in Cape Town, South Africa.
Rémy can be reached in any of the following ways.