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A recent encounter with a phenomenal trail blazer, a Europe-based African Queen of book publishers led The African Bulletin to request an interview with her. We were enchanted by her and we hope you are too.
African Society of Cambridge University
Africa Together Conference
Friday 5th June 2015 at the Cambridge Union
Nana Ayebia presented a paper titled “African Women’s Activism Rooted in Stories” based on Ayebia’s African Love Stories Anthology edited by Ama Ata Aidoo on a panel at The 4th Annual Igbo Conference with the theme: ‘Igbo Womanhood, Personhood & Womanbeing’ on Saturday 18th April 2015 at the Brunei Lecture Theatre at SOAS in London. She said out of the 21 contributors to the Anthology, half of them were Nigerian writers which shows the strength and depth of Nigerian women’s writing on the international literary stage.
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Centre of African Studies University of London
The Art of Ama Ata Aidoo Film Screening & Discussion
Tuesday 10th March, 7pm, Djam Lecture Theatre, SOAS
Prof Wole Soyinka delivering the 2014 Annual African Studies Lecture.
Book signing after Annual African Studies Lecture.
The book was launched by the editors Nana Ayebia Clarke and James Currey at the 40th ALA Conference at Wits University in Johannesburg on Thursday 10th April 2014. The launch event was followed immediately by a Roundtable discussion titled: “There Was A Writer” chaired by Simon Gikandi from Princeton University. Speakers at the launch and roundtable included Njabulo S. Ndebele, Abena P. A Busia, Bernth Lindfors, Carole Boyce Davies, Anne V. Adams, Harry Garuba, Ernest Emenyonu, Maureen Ngozi Eke, Kofi Anyidoho and Wangui wa Goro. We felt as former editors of the Heinemann African Writers Series, we wanted to capture for the record, people’s feelings about his life, achievements and enormous contributions in raising the profile of African literature on the world stage in the more permanent form of a book. We also wanted to record people’s responses to the news of Chinua Achebe’s passing and capture the mood and their personal feelings. We felt it was fitting that the launch took place in Mandela’s country exactly 20 years after South African Independence. We decided that the launch would be a celebration of Chinua Achebe’s life and works.