Late Prof. Chinua AchebeAnambra Young Writers To Fete Achebe @ 90 With Literary Festival, Memorial Lecture.
He kept in mind that the Chinua Achebe Literary Festival which began in 2016 and which is in its 5th edition now, will feature, lectures in memory of Achebe, dramatizing of Achebes chosen books, open microphone/spoken word poetry, statement of the winners of the 2020 Chinua Achebe Essay Writing Competition (sponsored by the Anambra Newspapers and Printing Corporation, for secondary school trainees), art exhibition, award discussion, amongst other literary packages slated for the date.
The occasion, Chinua Achebe Literary Festival and Maiden Memorial Lecture, is arranged by the Society of Young Nigerian Writers, Anambra State Chapter, in memory honour of Chinua Achebe, a prominent Nigerian literary icon, also considered to be the Father of African Literature
History will once again be made on Monday, the 16th day of November, 2020, as young writers in Anambra State, Nigeria, set to mark Achebes 90th posthumous birthday with a literary celebration and first memorial lecture
The yearly event, he noted, will also feature the main unveiling and discussion of the Fifth Chinua Achebe Poetry/Essay Anthology entitled “Achebe: A Man of individuals” (which is the associations most recent collection of essays and poems released in honour of Achebe). The annual worldwide anthology which is utilized to commemorate Achebe, Okafor states, contains poems and essays and reviews composed and sent by writers from various nations of the world, in action to a Call For Submission earlier made by the association.
According to the Coordinator of the Society of Young Nigerian Writers, (Anambra State Chapter), Izunna Okafor, the Maiden Chinua Achebe Memorial Lecture, which is the first of its kind, will be provided at the 2020 Chinua Achebe Literary Festival.
2020 Literary Festival.
Literary Icons to Grace the Memorial Lecture in honour Of Late Prof. Chinua Achebe.
The 2020 Chinua Achebe Literary Festival and Maiden Memorial Lecture is anticipated to be declared open by His Excellency Chief Willie Obiano (the Executive Governor of Anambra State) who will grace the celebration as the Chief Guest of Honour.
While Prof. Peter Umeadi, art enthusiast and former Chief Judge of Anambra State will be a Special Guest of Honour
Izunna Okafor, who is likewise the initiator of the Chinua Achebe Literary Festival, further divulged that the 2020 literary celebration, themed “Chinua Achebe: Our Heritage In A New Normal” which is carried out in partnership with the Anambra State Library Board, will, as usual, take location on Achebes date of birth (16th November) at the State Library, in Awka, Anambra, Achebes home-state, starting at 10: AM
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (award-winnig worldwide literary icon),.
Prof. Akachi Adimora-Ezeigbo (NLNG prize-winning author),.
Uzor Maxim Uzoatu (author of “God of Poetry”),.
Odili Ujubuoñu (author of “Pregnancy of the gods”),.
Isidore Emeka Uzoatu (author of “Vision Impossible”),.
Okeke Chika Jerry (author of “The gods Are Hungry”),.
Rev. Fr. Ositadimma Amakeze (author of “The Last Carver”);.
James Eze (author of” Dispossessed”),.
Paul Ifeanyi (author of “The Pregnant Virgin”).
In his word, “The Maiden Chinua Achebe Memorial Lecture will be delivered at the event by Mr. Oseloka Henry Obaze who is an excellent pal of Achebe, a writer, art lover and previous Secretary to the State Government in Anambra State; under the prominent chairmanship of the MD/CEO, Anambra Newspapers and Printing Corporation, Sir Chuka Nnabuife, who is likewise an author, art curator and veteran award-winnig reporter.”
to name a few, are anticipated at the event
Born Upon 16th November, 1930, Chinualumogu Albert Achebe (commonly understood as Chinua Achebe) was a primary Nigerian literary legend and critic, who died on 21st March, 2013 at the age of 82
The 2020 Chinua Achebe Literary Festival will be transmitted live by DigiTV, and will also have the existence of the States Commissioner for Culture and Tourism, Dr. Christian Madubuko; veteran Nollywood Actor, Bob-Manuel Udokwu; the Director General, Digital Entrepreneurship Office, Ifeanyi Anagoh, among other dignitaries, young and established authors from within and outside the nation
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