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On April 4, a small group of students and faculty gathered together to pay tribute to Chinua Achebe, who passed away on March 21st. The event took place in the stunningly beautiful Gothic Reading Room in Duke University’s main library.

After Prof. Nancy Armstrong opened the event with a welcome message, three speakers gave a short reflection on Achebe and his work. Prof. Maurice Wallace said that his encounter with Achebe’s essay on Conrad was a landmark moment in his intellectual life. Oliver Nyambi, a doctoral candidate from University of Stellenbosh in South Africa, emphasized Achebe’s greatness as a literary figure and the enormity of the loss brought about by his death. I spoke on what it means to see Achebe as a literary ancestor. The evening ended with a few members of the audience coming up to read passages from Achebe’s works.

It was a lovely event made possible by contributions from the English Department, NOVEL—A Forum on Fiction, African and African American Studies Department, and Franklin Humanities Institute.

Check out the photos.

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I hold a doctorate in English from Duke University and recently joined the Marquette University English faculty as an Assistant Professor. I love teaching African fiction and contemporary British novels. Brittle Paper is the virtual space/station where I play and experiment with ideas on how to reinvent African fiction and literary culture.

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