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.
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 on the conference can be obtained:
At the PAWA Secretariat
From PAWA’s website: panafaricanwritersassociation.org.gh
By sending an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
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!
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.