Bio About Rémy Ngamije

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Rémy Ngamije is a Rwandan-born Namibian writer and photographer. He is the co-founder and editor-in-chief of Doek! Literary Magazine, Namibia’s first literary magazine.

He was shortlisted for the AKO Caine Prize for African Writing in 2020. He was also longlisted for the 2020 Afritondo Short Story Prize. In 2019 he was shortlisted for Best Original Fiction by Stack Magazines.

His debut novel The Eternal Audience Of One is available from Blackbird Books and is forthcoming from Scout Press (S&S). Rémy is represented by the Cecile B Literary Agency.


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.

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“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.

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“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.

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Listen to a conversation between Andrea Van Wyk and Rémy Ngamije about The Eternal Audience of One.


Other Publications

Fiction

Nonfiction

Poetry

  • Tornado (or, The Only Poem You Ever Wrote) in My Heart In Your Hands: Poems From Namibia (Namibia) in June, 2020.

Achievements


Press, reviews, and interviews


Appearances

  • Jacana Don’t Shut Up Conversations with Mubanga Kalimamukwento and Resoketswe Manenzhe (09 November 2020), from Windhoek, Namibia, as a moderator.
  • Ake Arts & Book Festival (20-25 October 2020), from Lagos, Nigeria, as a participant.
  • The South African Book Fair (09 September 2019), in Johannesburg, South Africa, as a participant.
  • Afrolit Sans Frontières Virtual Literary Festival (27 July-03 Aug 2020), from Windhoek, Namibia, as a moderator.
  • Afrolit Sans Frontières Virtual Literary Festival (25 May-01 June 2020), from Windhoek, Namibia, as a moderator.
  • Quick Starts & Long Pauses: A Young Writer’s Journey for Design Perspectives (11 May 2020), from Windhoek, Namibia, as a speaker.
  • Afrolit Sans Frontières Virtual Literary Festival (20-27 April 2020), from Windhoek, Namibia, as a moderator.
  • Afrolit Sans Frontières Virtual Literary Festival (24 March 2020), from Windhoek, Namibia, as a participant.
  • Time Of The Writer Virtual Literary Festival (23 March 2020), hosted in Durban, South Africa, as a participant.
  • Abantu Book Festival (05-09 December 2019), in Johannesburg, South Africa, as a participant.
  • The South African Book Fair (09 September 2019), in Johannesburg, South Africa, as a participant.
  • The Open Book Festival (04-08 September 2019) in Cape Town, South Africa, as a participant.

Rémy can be reached in any of the following ways.

@remythequill remythequill Rémy Ngamije remythequill