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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.
Ayebia Clarke @ The Launch of The Legon Readers Series - December 2013
Nana Ayebia & Jack Mapanje in conversation.