Princeton University’s Africa World Initiative and Program in African Studies are hosting the Chinua Achebe Symposium and 10th Anniversary Memorial celebration on September 29th and 30th.
The symposium on September 29, with an international cast of senior and emerging scholars, marks the 40th anniversary of the publication of Achebe’s blistering political treatise The Trouble with Nigeria. Three panels will examine new directions in Achebe studies, the politics of canonicity, and African literatures in the age of historical reckonings, while a roundtable discussion focuses on leadership and statecraft in Nigeria and Africa.
Portia Owusu – Texas A&M University
Jeanne-Marie Jackson – Johns Hopkins University
Kwabena Opoku-Agyemang – University of Ghana
Sarah Duff – Colby College
Chielozona Eze – Carleton College
Simon Gikandi – Princeton University
Juliana Makuchi Nfah-Abbenyi – NC State University
Ranka Primorac – University of Southampton
Meg Arenberg – The Africa Institute, Sharjah
Terri Ochiagha – University of Edinburgh
Simukai Chigudu – University of Oxford
Ainehi Edoro – University of Wisconsin-Madison
Mukoma wa Ngugi – Cornell University
Maik Nwosu – University of Denver-Colorado
Hannah Essien – Princeton University
Chris Abani – Northwestern University
Obi Nwakanma – University of Central Florida
Anthonia Kalu – University of California-Riverside
Wale Lawal – Editor, The Republic, Lagos
Adeleke Adeeko – The Ohio University
* Symposium Advisory Committee: Christopher Okonkwo (Florida State University, Chair), Ato Quayson (Stanford University), Terri Ochiagha (University of Edinburgh), Grace Musila (University of the Witwatersrand)
The memorial celebration on September 30th will be graced by His Royal Majesty, Igwe Alex Onyido, the Monarch of Ogidi Kingdom in Nigeria, and will feature tributes by Toyin Falola, Simon Gikandi, Richard Joseph, Anthonia Kalu, Sonia Sanchez, and Obiora Udechukwu; readings by Patrice Nganang and Chika Unigwe, as well as a presentation by Dorobucci Dance Company, a solo mbira performance by Tanyaradzwa Tawengwa, and the Eme & Heteru Afro-roots Band.
Both events are open to the public. Registration information will follow soon.