The event followed the hybrid ABDF conference that was held both online and at the Future Africa Campus at the University of Pretoria over two days.

Author Dudu Busani-Dube will lead a panel of female storytellers in discussing life the loves and life of modern African women, as told through the narratives of their work. This is including the Hlomu series of novels, which has inspired the first Showmax Original telenovela The Wife.

The books follow the lives of the eight Zulu brothers, a formidable crime family, through the eyes of the wives that they marry. The aim of the 'Bookies Brunch' is to give voice to female storytellers and create a platform where fans can meet and connect with authors that are shaping the narrative for the lifestyle of a 21st century African woman.

"We're delighted for Showmax to be part of an initiative that is entrenched in the empowerment of the creative sector not just in South Africa but Africa at large. This partnership also gives ABDF the opportunity to create space for current and future African storytellers to be inspired and see how literature can live from the pages of books to our screens," says Nonhlanhla Matshazi, director of ABDF.

"Showmax is an online streaming platform that serves the most poignant and powerful African stories to the viewers across the continent and beyond. Part of the magic of Hlomu the Wife and the books that follow is how relatable the characters are that Dudu Busani-Dube has conjured," concludes Matshazi. 

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