San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
The organisers of the Igbo Conference in association with the SOAS' Centre of African Studies (CAS) will host in an Arrow of God Symposium, marking 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.' The symposium will create a space to reflect on the position of Arrow of God in the African literary corpus, the socio-historical significance of its publication in the year of Nigeria's 50th anniversary (1964) and the trajectories that can be drawn between Arrow of God and contemporary African history. The symposium will consist of plenary panels, readings from Arrow of God and Igbo cultural performances.
50 Years of Arrow of God, 100 Years of Nigeria: A Celebration and an Inquest
10:10 Breaking of Kola Nut by Maazi Echebima
10:30 Dramatisation of Arrow of God excerpt – performed by Anthony Ofoegbu and Ndu Anike
10:45 Panel: Social Transformations in Arrow of God
Louisa Uchum Egbunike Contested Spaces in Arrow of God
Oladipo Agboluaje ‘Before God and Man’: Social and Religious Conflicts in Arrow of God
Mpalive Msiska Oduche's Return: Chinua Achebe's Arrow of God.
12:30 Lunch Break
2:00 Panel: Arrow of God and the Igbo Experience
Herbert Ekwe-Ekwe Does Arrow of God anticipate the Igbo genocide?
Chikwendu Anyanwu 'What kills a Man is Inside Him': The Dialectics of Umunna!
3:15 Presentation by Afrikult – an online contemporary African literary forum
3:45 Panel: Reflections on Chinua Achebe and Arrow of God
Nana Ayebia The Making of Chinua Achebe: Tributes and Reflections
Kwadwo Osei-Nyame Jnr Arrow of God and African History: Philosophical Reflections
Wangui wa Goro Impact of Achebe on global cultures through translation: the case of Arrow of God
5:00 Roundtable - Reflections on Arrow of God, its impact and legacy featuring
Chikodili Emelumadu, Dele Fatunla and Chibundu Onuzo
6:30 Igbo Cultural Performance: A selection of folk songs sung by Igbo Voices UK
7:00 Conference close
The symposium will take place in the Djam Lecture theatre, which is adjacent to the reception in SOAS' main building.
When & Where
Igbo Conference at SOAS, University of London
The annual Igbo conference aims to promote the study of Igbo language and culture within the UK, and seeks to bring academics and members of the Igbo community together for the purpose of knowledge sharing and exchange.
The ultimate goal of the Igbo conference organisers is to eventually establish an Igbo Centre in London which will act as a hub for anyone interested in research in the field of Igbo Studies (through a library, archives and study space), as well as providing a resource for members of the public to learn more about Igbo culture (through artifacts and interactive resources).
Information about the conference can be found at www.igboconference.com and https://www.soas.ac.uk/cas/events/conferences/igbo-conference/