SOAS University of London

Centre of African Studies

The 5th Annual International Igbo Conference: Igbo Fusions: Past, Present and Futures

5th Igbo Conference

Date: 1 April 2016Time: 10:00 AM

Finishes: 2 April 2016Time: 8:00 PM

Venue: Brunei Gallery Room: Brunei Gallery Lecture Theatre

Type of Event: Conference

The Annual Igbo Conference has carved out a unique space, serving as a bridge between the community and academia. In the last five years, the conference has created discussions and interrogations amongst contributors from all over the world and given rise to interactive sessions, lectures, paper presentations, master-classes and workshops, films, choral performances, traditional dances and masquerades.

The theme for the 5th Annual International Igbo Conference is Igbo Fusions: Past, Present and Futures. This conference will create a platform for discussions exploring how Igbo culture has been influenced by and influences other cultures. It seeks to complicate perceptions of 'what is Igbo' through examining the diversity amongst the Igbo at 'home', abroad and in digital spaces.


Registration is now open and tickets can be purchased at a discounted rate until March 1st.
Registration must be completed online via Eventbrite

Preliminary Conference Schedule

Friday 1st April
10:00 Open Discussion on Igbo Language Fusion: The Case of ‘Ingiligbo’ (English & Igbo)
11:00 Conference Welcome
11:15 Panel: Igbo Cultural Expressions

Chair: Nathan Edward Richards (University of Sussex)

Chimzulum Ezigbo (Independent) ‘Your Name is your Logo’

Chinyere Ukpokolo (University of Ibadan) ‘The Fusion of the ‘Old’ and the ‘New’: The Cultural Reconstruction of Iwaji Festival in Igbo-ukwu, Southeast Nigeria’

Israel Meriomame Wekpe (University of Leeds) & Owens Patricia Eromosele (University of Benin) An Act of Re-Dressing the Igbo/Ibo Play

Yvonne Mbanefo (LearnIgboNow.Com) ‘Igbo Attire and its Influences’

13:00 Lunch in the Brunei Suite
14:00 Featured Speaker: Sabine Jell-Bahlsen 'Efuru at 50; The Dialectics of Flora Nwapa'
15:00 Roundtable:Efuru at 50’ featuring Afrikult (Zaahida Nalumoso, Marcelle Mateki Akita and Henry Brefo)
16:00 Break
16:30 Screening: 'Fantastic Man' - A Film About William Onyeabor

Roundtable: Reflections on the Music of William Onyeabor

Chair: Ini Dele-Adedeji (SOAS)

Featuring: DJ Blox (Kanene Dieobi), Chris Odili, DJ Abass (Abass Tijani), Emeka Keazor




Keynote: Obi Okigbo (Christopher Okigbo Foundation) 'MBARI - the everlasting cycle of BirthDeath and Regeneration'


Close of day one

Saturday 2nd April
10:00 Welcome
10:15 Panel: Igbo Identity and the Location of ‘Home’

Chair: China Anya (SOAS)

Louisa Uchum Egbunike (MMU/SOAS) 'Onye Ije' and the Politics of Migration in the Igbo-Nigerian Novel

Chinyere Ukpokolo (University of Ibadan) ‘Constructing ‘Home’ when ‘Abroad’: Otu Umunna Social formation and the Construction of Igbo Identity in Southwest University, Nigeria’

Ini Dele-Adedeji (SOAS) ‘The quest for Igbo self-identification and self-determination as a facet of Nigeria’s growing pains’

12:00 Featured Speaker: Nky Iweka 'Fusion: Of Life, Food & Identity'
13:00 Lunch in the Brunei Suite

Panel: Fusion in Igbo Beliefs and Practises

Chair: Selwyn Cudjoe (Wellesley College)

Chikwendu Anyanwu (Independent) 'Communality in Christianity and Igbo belief system'

Uchenna Oyali (Universität Bayreuth) ‘Bible translation and the expansion of concepts in Igbo’

Nathan Richards (University of Sussex) ‘Digitising the Esoteric: Refracting Traditions of the Masquerade’

15:45 Book launch: 'Igbo-English Children’s Dictionary' by Yvonne Mbanefo
16:15 Break
16:45 Keynote: Wangui wa Goro (Sidensi) 'Translation as fusion in global Igbo/African pasts and futures'
17:45 Reflections on the Igbo Experience in Britain: A Discussion on Fostering - TY Chijioke in Conversation with Clive Obianyor
19:00 Break
19:20 Screening: The House of Nwapa directed by Onyeka Nwelue
20:15 Conference close


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