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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 Obi-Young is a writer, an academic, literary journalist, and Deputy Editor of Brittle Paper. His fiction has appeared in The Threepenny Review, Transition, and in an anthology of the Gerald Kraak Award for which he was shortlisted. His work has further been shortlisted for the Miles Morland Writing Scholarship in 2016 and a Pushcart Prize in 2015. He attended the 2018 Miles Morland Foundation Creative Writing Workshop. He is the curator of the ART NAIJA SERIES, a sequence of themed e-anthologies of writing and visual art exploring different aspects of Nigerianness. The first, ENTER NAIJA: THE BOOK OF PLACES (October, 2016), focuses on cities in Nigeria. The second, WORK NAIJA: THE BOOK OF VOCATIONS (June, 2017), focuses on professions in Nigeria. He studied History and Literature at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, is currently completing a postgraduate programme in African Studies, and teaches English at Godfrey Okoye University, Enugu. 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. When bored, the boy just Googles Rihanna.

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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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