SOAS University of London

Centre of African Studies

Centre of African Studies Igbo Conference

Each year, the Centre of African Studies based at SOAS facilitates the Igbo Conference. The aim of the  Igbo Conference is to encourage and promote Igbo Studies in the UK. Whilst there are limited Igbo Language and Cultural studies available in British Universities, the Igbo Conference seeks to provide a forum for intellectual and cultural exchange between scholars, students and members of the community.

Previous Events in this series

7th Annual International Igbo Conference 2018: Memory, Culture and Community: Remembering the past, Imagining the future

Ms. Chimamanda Adichie, Professor Osita Okagbue, Professor Paul Basu , Ms Ego Ahaiwe, Mr Nathan Richards, Ms. Kelly Foster, Mr Brian Ezeike, Ms. Vivian Ogbonna, Mr Emeka Ed Keazor, Ujuaku Akukwe-Nwakalor

This one-day international conference will provide a platform to discuss Igbo heritage studies and modes of documenting the past. The ‘Memory, Culture and Community’ conference seeks to promote the creation, management and use of records and archives, highlighting the need to preserve the archival heritage of people of Igbo descent around the world, through the sharing of experiences, research and ideas.

21 April 2018, Brunei Gallery, Brunei Gallery Lecture Theatre, 10:00 AM - 8:00 PM

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


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. Keynote speakers Obi Okigbo (Christopher Okigbo Foundation) and Wangui wa Goro (Sidensi).

1 April 2016, Brunei Gallery, Brunei Gallery Lecture Theatre, 10:00 AM - 8:00 PM

The 4th Annual Igbo Conference: Igbo Womanhood, Womanbeing and Personhood


This conference seeks to create a platform through which to engage with various conceptions of Igbo womanhood, vis-à-vis the changing position of Igbo women and the changing practises in Igbo culture.

17 April 2015, Russell Square: College Buildings, Brunei Lecture Theatre and Suite, 10:00 AM - 8:00 PM

Okey Ndibe reads from 'Foreign Gods, Inc.'

Okey Ndibe

Foreign Gods, Inc., tells the story of Ike, a New York-based Nigerian cab driver who sets out to steal the statue of an ancient war deity from his home village and sell it to a New York gallery.

31 October 2014, Brunei Gallery, B111, 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

50 Years of 'Arrow of God', 100 Years of Nigeria: A Celebration and an Inquest

Wangui wa Goro, Oladipo Agboluaje, Herbert Ekwe-Ekwe, Mpalive Msiska Nana Ayebia, Kwadwo Osei-Nyame Jnr, Louisa Uchum Egbunike

The organisers of the Igbo Conference in association with CAS will host in the 'Arrow of God' Symposium, which marks the 50th anniversary of the  publication of Chinua Achebe’s novel, Arrow of God which Achebe described as 'the novel which I am most likely to be caught sitting down to read again.'

4 October 2014, Russell Square: College Buildings, Djam Lecture Theatre, 10:00 AM - 7:00 PM

The 3rd Annual Igbo Conference - Igbo Heritage: Production, Diffusion and Legacy

The theme of the third annual Igbo Conference is ‘Igbo Heritage ’, which focuses on the contributions of Igbo culture and heritage to the political and cultural production in Igboland and abroad. The two day conference will comprise of plenary panels, Igbo cultural performances and workshops.

2 May 2014, Brunei Gallery, Brunei Lecture Theatre and Suite, 9:00 AM - 8:00 PM