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The 5th Annual Igbo Conference - Igbo Fusions: Past, Present and Futures
Russell Square, United Kingdom

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

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

Brunei Gallery, SOAS, University of London, Russell Square, United Kingdom

Event Description

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. The two day conference will comprise of plenary panels, Igbo cultural performances and workshops.

Igbo Conference Audience

The annual conference’s aim is to encourage and promote Igbo Studies in the UK. Whilst there are limited Igbo Language and Cultural studies available in British Universities, the annual Igbo International Conference seeks to provide a forum for intellectual and cultural exchange between scholars, students and members of the community.

Igbo Conference Participants

In registering for the conference you will receive a conference pack and you will be provided with refreshments and a West African lunch. 

Preliminary Conference Schedule:

Friday 1st April

9:30 am Registration Opens

10:00 am Open Discussion on Igbo Language Fusion: The Case of ‘Ingiligbo’ (English & Igbo)

11:00 am Conference Welcome

11:15 am 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’

1:00 pm Lunch

2:00 pm Featured Speaker: Sabine Jell-Bahlsen Efuru at 50; The Dialectics of Flora Nwapa

3:00 pm Roundtable:Efuru at 50’ featuring Afrikult (Zaahida Nalumoso, Marcelle Mateki Akita & Henry Brefo)

4:00 pm Break

4:30 pm Screening: 'Fantastic Man' - A Film About William Onyeabor

5:00 pm 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

6:30 pm Break

7:00 pm Keynote: Obi Okigbo (Christopher Okigbo Foundation) MBARI - the everlasting cycle of Birth Death and Regeneration

8:00 pm Close of day one


Saturday 2nd April

9:30 am Registration Opens 

10:00 am Welcome

10:15 am Panel: Igbo Identity and the Location of ‘Home’

Chair: China Anya (SOAS)

Solomon Sunday Duru (Imo State University) & N. Johnson Nwosu (Imo State Universit) The Margins of Igbo Identities and the Politics of Identifying as Igbo

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 pm Featured Speaker: Nky Iweka Fusion: Of Life, Food & Identity

1:00 pm Lunch

2:00 pm 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’

3:45 pm Launch of Yvonne Mbanefo’s Igbo-English Children’s Dictionary

4:15 pm Break

4:45 pm Keynote: Wangui wa Goro (Sidensi) Translation as fusion in global Igbo/African pasts and futures

5:45 pm Reflections on the Igbo Experience in Britain: A Discussion on Fostering - TY Chijioke in Conversation with Clive Obianyor

7:00 pm Break

7:20 pm Screening: The House of Nwapa directed by Onyeka Nwelue

8:15 pm Conference close

NB: If you have any special dietary needs, please email to let us know and we will accomodate your request to the best of our ability.

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