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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 deputy editor of Brittle Paper. He is a judge for the 2018/19 Gerald Kraak Prize. He is an editor at 14, Nigeria’s first queer art collective, which has published volumes including We Are Flowers (2017) and The Inward Gaze (2018). He is the curator of the Art Naija Series, a sequence of e-anthologies of writing and visual art focusing on different aspects of Nigerianness, including Enter Naija: The Book of Places (2016), which explores cities, and Work Naija: The Book of Vocations (2017), which explores professions. His fiction has appeared in The Threepenny Review and Transition. He has completed a collection of short stories, You Sing of a Longing, is working on a novel, and is represented by David Godwin Associates literary agency. He combined English and History at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, is completing a postgraduate degree in African Studies, and taught English at Godfrey Okoye University, Enugu. Find him at otosirieze.com, where he accepts writing and editing offers, or on Instagram or Twitter: @otosirieze. When bored, he Googles Rihanna.

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