Pan African Writers’ Association, PAWA, has concluded plans to honour the life and works of a great African writer and humanist, Chinua Achebe (1930 – 2013) in its November 2015 conference.
The conference with the theme “Celebrating the life and works of Chinua Achebe: The Coming of Age of African Literature?” is scheduled to hold between November 5-8, 2015 at Accra International Conference Centre, Ghana.
According to the continental body of African writers, “the conference will be the biggest and most important literary event in recent times in Africa to explore the state of African literature against the background of the huge shadow cast by the life and works of this giant who, as each one of us must eventually do, answered the call to the beginning on March 21, 2013 after 82 years of giving and committing to Africa and the world.”
The event is expected to bring together connoisseurs of Achebe’s works in particular and of African literature in general from across the world. “In a truly celebratory manner, the conference will not only critically explore the impact of Chinua Achebe on African literature but also, the impact of African literature on world literature and vice versa.
Given its significance, leading writers and experts from within and outside Africa are expected to participate at the historic conference.
The conference will include a number of highly prized African writers. It is also expected that a large number of younger writers, language artists, and people interested in literary arts and culture will also be attendees.
Altogether, 10 participants from the Diaspora, 40 participants outside Ghana and 50 writers and language arts experts from Ghana were specially invited by PAWA to the conference. In addition to these specially invited guests, it is expected that another 200 writers and guests from within and outside Africa will, at their own expense, attend and participate at the conference. A total of 300 people are expected.
The conference will open with a keynote address and thereafter, prominent world writers will give lead papers on major issues. The lead papers will form part of a number of panel discussions. Each discussion will explore a common or related theme and feature writers and language arts experts on the theme. Given the range of issues to be discussed, there will be parallel panel discussions.
Chinua Achebe is acknowledged all over the world as the most influential African writer of his generation. His writings, including the novel, Things Fall Apart, introduced readers throughout the world to the creative use of language and form, as well as to the factual inside accounts of modern African life and history. Through his literary contributions and championing of a big and bold vision for Nigeria and Africa, Achebe helped to reshape the perception of African history, culture and place in world affairs.
Some of the themes and sub-themes include: Intending paper presenters and lead speakers are encouraged to explore any aspect of the main theme, including the following sub-themes: African literature before Achebe’s Things Fall Apart, African literature after Achebe’s Things Fall Apart: The decades after, confronting racism and hegemony in world literature: Extending Achebe’s critique of Conrad’s heart of darkness, The poetry of Chinua Achebe, Achebe’s essays: The common threads, gender in Achebe’s fiction, Achebe’s There Was A Country: The insights and risks of identity politics for a literary icon, beyond and within the writer’s imagination: Politics and political commitment of the African writer, Achebe and the elusive Nobel Prize for literature: Fathoming the Nobel in the works of African Nobel laureates in literature, Chinua Achebe and the short story, Orature as origin in the works of Chinua Achebe, Tradition in the works of Chinua Achebe, New directions in African literature, African literature and Pan Africanism, governance and responsibility in African literature, The African writer and the struggle for African renaissance.

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