Acclaimed American writer Nnedi Okorafor to speak at London’s Igbo ‘Women’s’ conference

The Igbo Conference Team in conjunction with The Centre for African Studies, SOAS Univeristy of London presents “The 4th Annual Igbo Conference: Igbo Womanhood, Womanbeing and Personhood.”
The conference will seek 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 through a wide range of   plenary panels, roundtables, workshops and film screenings.
 Keynote Speaker- Nnedi Okorafor
Nnedi Okorafor  ( is a novelist of African-based science fiction, fantasy and magical realism for both children and adults.
Born in the United States to two Nigerian immigrant parents, Nnedi is known for weaving African culture into creative evocative settings and memorable characters. In a profile of Nnedi’s work titled, “Weapons of Mass Creation”, the New York Times called Nnedi’s imagination “stunning”.
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.
Featured Speaker
Chikodili Emelumadu ( is a Journalist, Blogger, Broadcaster and Author. Her talk is entitledWhy are we starving our ancestresses?’.
The conference will screen Chika Anadu’s Igbo language film (with English subtitles) B for Boy and Sabine Jell-Bahlsen’s documentary Mammy Water; In Search of the Water Spirits in Nigeria.
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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:  Igbo Storytelling, Natural Hair Care, Igbo language, Igbo widow practices and more.
Find out more about this year’s conference including; the various panelists giving presentations on the day, and the timetable for the two days via .
Date:  Friday 17th – Saturday 18th April 2015
Venue:  Brunei Gallery, SOAS, University of London, Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square, WC1H 0XG
Time:  9am – 8pm
Price: Standard – 2 days £50, 1 day £35 /   Student:  2 days £35, 1 day £25
Nearest London Underground: Russell Square (Piccadilly). You can find more information on other stations within walking distance on the website
Nearest British Rail:  London Euston
Nearest Buses:   7, 68, 91, 168 and 188


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