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To celebrate the 60th anniversary of Things Fall Apart, Smithsonian National Museum of African Art and publishers Penguin Random House are collaborating on an event themed: “The Ongoing Legacy of Chinua Achebe in Contemporary Art and the Current Moment.” The spectacle, organised to “celebrate the life, work, and ongoing legacy of Chinua Achebe,” will feature a conversation between esteemed Nigerian-American artist Victor Ekpuk and renowned historian Nwando Achebe, who is Chinua Achebe’s daughter.

Things Fall Apart was published in 1958 by Heinemann.

Victor Ekpuk.

Here is part of the announcement on Victor Ekpuk’s Website:

Like Achebe, Ekpuk draws from indigenous sources to tell visual stories. He will discuss nsibidi graphic system, Igbo Ikenga, and other aesthetic forms and concepts, which inspired his impressive cover art for the 60th anniversary edition of Achebe’s ground-breaking trilogy, Things Fall Apart, No Longer at Ease, and Arrow of God.

Achebe will discuss her father’s legacy in connection to African history and current moment in global affairs.

Nwando Achebe. Image from Premium Times.

Here are details of the event:

Date: Thursday, March 15, 2018

Time: 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM

Venue: Smithsonian National Museum of African Art, 950 Independence Avenue, Washington, DC 200013

The event is free and open to the public.

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OTOSIRIEZE is a writer, literary journalist, former academic, and Deputy Editor of Brittle Paper. A judge for the 2019 Gerald Kraak Award, he is an editor at 14, Nigeria’s first queer art collective which has published two volumes: WE ARE FLOWERS and THE INWARD GAZE. He is the curator of ART NAIJA SERIES, a sequence of themed e-anthologies of writing and visual art exploring different aspects of Nigerianness: ENTER NAIJA: THE BOOK OF PLACES (October, 2016) focuses on cities in Nigeria; WORK NAIJA: THE BOOK OF VOCATIONS (June, 2017) focuses on professions in Nigeria. His fiction has appeared in The Threepenny Review and Transition, and has been shortlisted for the Miles Morland Writing Scholarship and the Gerald Kraak Award, both in 2016, and a Pushcart Prize in 2015. He attended the 2018 Miles Morland Foundation Creative Writing Workshop. He has completed a collection of short stories, YOU SING OF A LONGING, and is working on a novel. He is represented by David Godwin Associates literary agency. He combined history and literature at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka and taught English at Godfrey Okoye University, Enugu. When bored, the boy just Googles Rihanna. Find him at otosirieze.com, where he accepts editing and writing offers, or on Instagram or Twitter: @otosirieze.

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