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Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie to give keynote at annual Igbo Conference 2018 at SOAS

12 April 2018

Internationally renowned Nigerian writer Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie will be giving the keynote at the 7th Annual International Igbo Conference 2018 held at SOAS University of London later this month.

The one-day international conference, ‘Memory, Culture and Community: Remembering the past, Imagining the future’, will be held on 21 April and will provide a platform to discuss Igbo heritage studies and modes of documenting the past.  The conference will feature keynotes from Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and Professor Osita Okagbue, Goldsmiths (‘Playing With Our Ancestors: Culture and Communal Memory in Igbo Masquerade Theatre’).

Speakers include:  Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Professor Osita Okagbue (Goldsmiths), SOAS’s Professor Paul Basu, Ego Ahaiwe , Nathan Richards (Sussex), Kelly Foster, Brian Ezeike , Vivian Ogbonna  and Emeka Ed Keazor.

The 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. During the course of the day, the conference will put on a series of workshops which will provide members of the public the skills to compile and collate content on Igbo culture and heritage through the medium of film, photography, oral history and writing.

The central output of the conference will be the development of an online Igbo digital archive through harnessing the knowledge and cultural resources of the community.

 Award winning filmmaker Ujuaku Akukwe-Nwakalor will also screen her latest film: Harvest of Pride: Iri Ji. This feature length documentary centres on the significance of the New Yam Festival in Igboland. The film screening will be followed by a Q and A with Ujuaku and a discussion on the way they have approached the documenting of the most famous annual event in Igboland.

For further information and to register, visit the event page.