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Igbo Womanhood, Womanbeing & Personhood!

The Igbo Conference Team in conjunction with The Centre for African Studies, SOAS Univeristy of London presents “The 4th Annual Igbo Conference: Womanhood, Womanbeing and Personhood”

This conference seeks to engage with various conceptions of Igbo womanhood, in relation to the changing position of Igbo women and the changing practices in Igbo culture. It will explore Igbo traditions in relation to the role and status of women and examine the numerous social and political contributions made by Igbo women.

This year we have a wide range of plenary panels, round-tables, workshops and film screenings. The keynote speaker is Nnedi Okorafor (www.nnedi.com) who is a novelist of African-based science fiction, fantasy and magical realism for both children and adults.

Nnedi earned her BA in Rhetoric from the University of Illinois, C-U. She also earned MA in Journalism from Michigan State University, and her MA and PhD in English at the University of Illinois, Chicago.

She is also a graduate of the Clarion Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers’ Workshop (2001). She is a professor of creative writing and literature at the University of Buffalo.

The featured speaker will be Chikodili Emelumadu  is a Journalist, Blogger, Broadcaster and Author. Her talk is entitled‘Why are we starving our ancestresses?’.

PANEL TOPICS: Widowhood and the Politics of Inheritance, Igbo Women in Digital Spaces, Political Participation and Narratives of Resistance, Reflections on Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s ‘We Should All Be Feminists, and more.

WORKSHOPS include: Igbo Storytelling, Natural Hair Care, Igbo language, Igbo widow practices and more.

To find out more about this year’s conference go to: www.igboconference.com .

The Igbo Conference, in partnership with The Centre for African Studies, SOAS, University of London, is a forum for discovering the Igbo culture, language and heritage.

The conference will be held from Friday 17th – Saturday 18th April 2015 – Venue: Brunei Gallery, SOAS, University of London, Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square, WC1H 0XG

Price: Standard – 2 days £50, 1 day £35 / Student: 2 days £35, 1 day £25