Legendary author Chinua Achebe may be long gone, but his legacy lives on. Achebe, who was born in Ogidi, Anambra State in 1930, would have been 90 this year. To commemorate his birth, Nigerian artist and direct of QDance Center in Lagos Qudus Onikeku has assembled a special gathering of creatives to posthumously honor Achebe’s life and legacy. The virtual event is titled “Chinua Achebe @ 90” and will be hosted on Afropolis.org.
“Chinua Achebe @ 90” will take place over two days—November 15 and 16. The event promises to be “a creative attempt to remember, to reincarnate and to reinvigorate the grandeur of [Achebe’s] eloquence, his interest in extracting old concerns from the new, as well as his lifelong commitment to the questions of human dignity.” It features over 90+ Nigerian artists and intellectuals working in the fields of history, literature, philosophy, politics, art, and more.
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See below for more information about the panel discussions, exhibition, and other program items.
Time: 15 nov. 09:00 UTC+1 – 16 nov. à 21:00 UTC+1 | Location: www.afropolis.org
The event is slated to begin at 9:00 am, November 15, with a thirty-minutes welcome message presented by Dr. Chidi Achebe on behalf of the family. It will close the following day with a movie screening of Things Fall Apart by David Orere.