SOAS University of London

Centre of African Studies

SOAS African Literatures Conference – 55 years after the first Makerere African Writers Conference


Date: 28 October 2017Time: 9:30 AM

Finishes: 28 October 2017Time: 7:30 PM

Venue: Brunei Gallery Room: Brunei Gallery Lecture Theatre

Type of Event: Conference

The event will mark the celebration of the historical ‘Makerere University African Writers Conference’ where leading figures such as Wole Soyinka, JP Clarke, Ngugi wa Th’iongo were present, and for the first time since the end of colonialism, African writings was properly recognised and celebrated. SOAS academics specialising in literary criticism, translation and African literatures more broadly, will host the conference on 28th October 2017 at the SOAS Brunei Gallery Lecture Theatre, with the support of the SOAS Centre of African studies.

The event will also host the launch of the Anthology: ‘The Gods Who Send Us Gifts- An Anthology of African Short Stories', edited by Dr Ivor Agyeman-Duah, with foreword by SOAS Director Valerie Amos CH.

Amongst the confirmed speakers:

  • Wole Soyinka
  • Sefi Atta
  • Cameron Duodu
  • Ivor Agyeman-Duah
  • Xasan Daahir Weedhsame
  • Mpalive Msiska 
  • Richard Oduor
  • Wangui wa Goro
  • Chege Githiora
  • Alena Rettová
  • Kwadwo Osei-Nyame Jnr
  • Martin Orwin
  • Louisa Egbunike


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