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:

“Another sparkling new talent emanating from the African continent, Rwandan Namibian Ngamije has been honored with the 2021 Regional Commonwealth Short Story Prize. With the broad release of this 2019 debut novel, he can now be embraced by the wider audience he so deserves.”Library Journal

“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

“Ngamije’s writing is beautiful, his observations original and precise, his sense of place unsurpassed… Séraphin’s experiences depict a fascinating, multidimensional and culturally and politically damning version of post-apartheid Cape Town. Every bit of insight, succinctly and humorously presented, will cause readers to stop and think. Ngamije displays copious talent and an authentic and elegant literary style in this striking debut.”BookPage

“A novel this compelling shouldn’t be so entertaining. As comically inventive as it is superbly written, Ngamije’s The Eternal Audience of One has a rare narrative propulsion—I have not been so swept up on a novel in years. Out of Namibia, population 2.5 million, comes an international masterwork for the 21st Century.” Peter Orner, author of The Second Coming of Mavala Shikongo, Am I Alone Here, and, Esther Stories.

“At once a millennial caper and a loving homage to all that is lost in exile, The Eternal Audience of One is nothing short of brilliant. The humor in this stunning novel will keep you glued, but it is the wisdom – elegiac and mature — that will keep you mesmerized. Take note world: Rémy Ngamije is that electrifying voice you have been waiting for.” — Maaza Mengiste, author of The Shadow King, shortlisted for the 2020 Booker Prize.

“The Eternal Audience of One had me completely in its palm. A delightful, witty and impeccably funny novel that I’ll read over and over again.” — Candice Carty-Williams, internationally bestselling author of Queenie.

“The Eternal Audience of One by Remy Ngamije is a brilliant debut that is as funny as it is wise and as beautiful as it is original. A stunning new work.” — Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah, author of Friday Black.

“No writing convention is safe in Remy’s hands, not time, not form, not where a story begins or ends because to tell the story of an idiosyncratic yet strangely coherent and cosmopolitan Africa; where anything can happen, he has to reshape writing itself. And he does so with love, beauty and humor. Reader, please meet the future of African Literature!” — Mukoma Wa Ngugi, author of Nairobi Heat, Rise of the African Novel, Unbury Our Dead With Song, and Associate Professor of Literatures in English, Cornell University.

“Hilarious and heartbreaking, The Eternal Audience of One showed me another world and myself in equal measure on every page.  A delightful, masterful, instant classic of a debut.” — Adam Smyer, author of Knucklehead and You Can Keep That to Yourself.

“A wickedly funny and deeply felt story about a young man’s intense desire to break free from the past, visually striking and beautifully told with youthful energy and hard-won wisdom.” — Rabeah Ghaffari, screenwriter, and author of To Keep the Sun Alive.

“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


Reviews


Interviews, Profiles, Press & Other Mentions


Appearances

  • The Zeitz MOCAA’s Black Family Archive: Unpacking Inter-Generational Trauma Through Literature and Performance (29 July 2021) in Cape Town, South Africa, as a participant.
  • Edelweiss BookFest 2021 (08-09 June 2021) in Ann Arbor, United States of America, as a participant.
  • Deutsches Literatur Archiv’s Narrating Africa (07 May 2021) in Marbach, Germany, as a participant.
  • Doek Writing Workshop: The Hidden Faces Of Character (13, 20, 27 March 2021) in Windhoek, Namibia, as a facilitator.
  • Doek Writing Workshop: This Short Story Might Take A While (13, 20, and 27 February 2021) in Windhoek, Namibia, as a facilitator.
  • 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, as a speaker.
  • African Book Festival’s Voices From The Beginning: Books Born From Songs (27-28 January 2021) in Leipzig and Munich, Germany, as a participant.
  • Jacana Writing Masterclass: The Delicate Art Of The Short Story (06 December 2020) from Windhoek, Namibia, as a facilitator.
  • Jacana Don’t Shut Up Conversations (09 November 2020) from Windhoek, Namibia, as a moderator.
  • Ake Arts & Book Festival (20-25 October 2020) in Lagos, Nigeria, as a participant.
  • The South African Book Fair (09 September 2019) in Johannesburg, South Africa, as a participant.
  • Afrolit Sans Frontières Literary Festival (27 July-03 Aug 2020) from Windhoek, Namibia, as a moderator.
  • Afrolit Sans Frontières 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) in Windhoek, Namibia, as a speaker.
  • Afrolit Sans Frontières Literary Festival (20-27 April 2020) from Windhoek, Namibia, as a moderator.
  • Afrolit Sans Frontières Literary Festival (24 March 2020) from Windhoek, Namibia, as a participant.
  • Time Of The Writer Literary Festival (23 March 2020) 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.