Every Love Is Unique

Every love affair is unique.

Some love grows slowly

Others, rapidly.

Some are turned upside down

Others, downside up.

But still, keep growing.

Every love has its Constitution,

Understood by only the two

Mad people involved.

Is there any law

Higher than

The constitution?

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International African Writers Day

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Hello cherished readers, you are warmly invited to this year’s international conference on African literature. On the occasion of the celebration of the 21st International Writers Day, the Pan African Writers Association (PAWA) presents an international conference on the theme,

‘CELEBRATING THE LIFE AND WORKS OF CHINUA ACHEBE; THE COMING OF AGE OF AFRICAN LITERATURE?

Details are as follows:
Date: November 5-8, 2013
Venue: La Palm Royal Beach Hotel, Accra, Ghana.

Participants

  • Writers from all over the world
  • Nobel Prize winners in literature
  • Other highly prized African writers
  • Large numbers of younger writers, language artists and people interested in literary arts and culture.
  • Writers from the Diaspora
  • Specially invited guests( Heads Of African States)

Themes and Sub Themes

  • African Literature before Achebe’s Things Fall Apart
  • African Literature after Achebe’s Things Fall Apart. The Decades After.
  • Confronting racism and hegemony in world literature: extending Achebe’s critique of Conrad’s Heart of Darkness.
  • The Poetry of Chinua Achebe
  • Achebe’s Essays: The Common Threads
  • Gender in Achebe’s Fiction
  • Achebe’s There Was A Country: The Insights and Risks of Identity Politics for a Literary Icon.
  • Beyond and Within the Writer’s Imagination: Politics and Political Commitment of the African Writer
  • Achebe and the elusive Nobel Prize for Literature: Fathoming the Nobel in the works of African Nobel Laureates in Literature.
  • Chinua Achebe and the Short Story
  • Orature as origin in the works of Chinua Achebe
  • Tradition in the works of Chinua Achebe
  • New directions in African Literature
  • African Literature and Pan Africanism
  • Governance and Responsibility in African Literature
  • The African Writer and the struggle for African renaissance

Benefits of the Conference

The conference will lead to the following benefits or outcomes among others.

  • Establish the legacy of Chinua Achebe as a Nigerian, African and world writer
  • Inspire current and future generations of African writers to build upon or take Achebe’s legacy as a point of Departure
  • Provide insights into the writer’s world of inner and external motivation and thus contribute to understanding the psychology of creativity
  • Showcase the achievements and contributions of African literature to the world
  • Demonstrate the themes, forms and styles of narrative in Africa literature and how theses affect and are affected by the African experience as made and in the process of being made
  • Highlight and evaluate new concerns in African literature both to the African audience and to the world.

Further Information

Further information on the conference can be obtained:

  • At the PAWA Secretariat
  • From PAWA’s website: panafaricanwritersassociation.org.gh
  • By sending an email to: pawahouse@gmail.com
  • By sending a fax to: (233-302) 773040 / 760038
  • Making a call to: (233-302) 7736062 / 762355

This will be the most historic literacy event in Africa for a very long time!

Goodbye Grandma

Friends and colleagues I concealed the death of my grandmother, which occurred about six months ago from you; mainly because I feel you might not be interested or rather I do not want to spoil your mood with death verses. But it is interesting to note that everybody dies, even the pope. Humans claim to be powerful but of course not against death. Show me a heavyweight champion and I will fix a fight between him and death.

‘We will all go to Africa one day, don’t you worry,’ Mr. Medouze had said in the movie ‘Sugarcane Alley’ but he was metaphorically speaking of death as a home – as Africa, from where he was taken slave. Now let me briefly tell you about grandmother, since this is what the post is about.

Born in 1911, Grandma never had any formal education, eventually trained as a potter and got married to my late Grandpa in 1947. They had seven children, twenty-eight grandchildren and fourteen great-grandchildren. Of course now cars and houses are valued above humans but in indigenous Africa, wealth is about people. Perhaps the most important thing I wanted to say with regards to such a large household is that grandma always preached forgiveness. It was like her philosophy. She never pointed out who was in the right or wrong – just forgive and forget, we are family she will say.

I have come to realize this emotional truth after her death. Those who fail to forgive end up spending extra energy, thinking and planning revenge which will hardly earn them anything concrete. But forgiveness cleans your mind and heart of all negative emotions so that you can live your life afresh – it is not easy to forgive but also not impossible. However, be careful! I am not telling you to go about hugging and dining with old enemies. If people don’t like you, there is really nothing you can do to please them. But it is very important to let go of the past and focus on the future. Forgive whoever had wronged you because one day, death, that terrible darkness, will part the two of you and it will too late to say ‘ It’s ok, I have forgiven you’. Grandma died at 102. She was confined to her room for nearly 20 years, during which she continued to sell tobacco. Now I can’t sneak in and sniff tobacco anymore. She is gone forever.