BUCHI EMECHETA : 1944 - 2017
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Publication date: Spring 2017
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A Tribute for Buchi Emecheta, 
Igbo Woman Storyteller 
1944-2017
by Kadija Sesay

Buchi Emecheta was the writer who started my love affair with African literature. She opened up my world when I visited my local library in Hackney and I saw a hardback book with a black person on the cover. The book was called   Destination Biafra . I had no idea where Biafra was and I couldn't pronounce the author's name, but it looked like a book about Africa - I read the blurb at the back, it was -  and I was African and I thought that I had better know a bit more about it.  Read  more.... 

Tributes and Obituaries

Obituary in The New York Times 
Celebrating  Buchi Emecheta's   Life and Work: 
Events  Around the Globe


International Women's Month
A memorial event on 9 March for Buchi Emecheta at the CLR James Library  in Dalston was the first of many that will be held in her name during  the next 12 months.
 
 L to R: Ade Solanke (playwright), Sylvester Onwordi 
(Buchi Emecheta's eldest son),  Roseanne (Muatta  Books), 
Ngozi (storyteller and drummer)

Organised by Andrea and Roseanne, the intimate gathering of friends, family and locals, those who knew of her work and adored her and others who just wanted to know more. The group included a young woman who worked at the library and who came from Ibusa, the same village as Buchi. Andrea announced that this would be the first of many gatherings for Mama Buchi, that there would be a series of events to 'Big Up Buchi' in order to encourage the resurgence to read her work, particularly for young people inside and outside school. To find out more about the ongoing workshops, book readings and gatherings that are being planning, contact Andrea on: aenisuoh@hotmail.com


MARCH
Lagos
Saturday 25 March, 1pm
Sylvester Onwordi and Margaret Busby, Buchi Emecheta's publisher will give individual tributes and then there will be a panel discussion with female Nigerian writers including, Chika Unigwe, Sefi Atta, Molara Wood and Sarah Ladipo Manyika. Plus audience contributions on Buchi Emecheta's life and work.
Venue : Terra Kulture, Tiamiyu Savage Street, Victoria Island, Lagos.
Contact: Ike Oguine  ikeoguine2002@yahoo.co.uk



APRIL
London
21-22 April
'Legacies of Biafra' conference . 
A tribute to Buchi Emecheta will be led by Professor Akachi Ezeigbo 
Conference convened by Dr. Louisa Egbunike
Venue: SOAS


MAY
New York
Rasheda Ismaili
Please contact Rasheda Ismaili if you would like to participate or support the event that she is organising for Buchi Emecheta and Peter Abrahams.
rashidaismaili@aol.com 


London
Greenwich Festival 
Sat 27th May, 3pm
'Novel Thinking'
Join our tribute to the late pioneering British African author Buchi Emecheta, featuring her son, Sylvester Onwordi, her publisher Margaret Busby, and prominent British-Nigerian writers, plus readings of selected extracts from her work. Chaired by Ade Solanke.(Writer/Producer, Spora Stories)
Part of the Greenwich Book Festival 2017.
Queen Anne Court, Council Room, University of Greenwich, Old Royal Naval College, Greenwich SE10 9LS


JUNE
USA 
African Literature Assoc. at  Yale University, New Haven

Roundtable
14-17 June
Thursday 15th June 3:45-5pm

A  Tribute Event "Remembering Buchi Emecheta at ALA 2017" at the Conference in Yale in June has been granted by the ALA Executive and the Conference Organising Committee. 
Tributes from highly esteemed African women academics will be paying respects and libation for Buchi Emecheta through stories, poems and readings
Chair: Ayebia Clarke

Panel 
Time: tbc
Celebrating Buchi Emecheta's Place and Contribution in African Literature.
With papers presented by Dr.  G. Oty Agbajoh-Laoye, 
Dr. Helen Chukwuma, and Dr. Mark di Giacomo,  Sylvester Onwordi and  Dr Modhumita Roy 
Chair:Kadija Sesay, FRSA

Nigeria
15-17 June, 2017
LAGOS: From the Pepperfarm to the Megacity (and Beyond) An Interdisciplinary Conference on 'Space, Society, and the Imagination of an African Crossroads',
'The Lagos of Buchi Emecheta'.
A Panel chaired by Dr. Louisa Egbunike
Venue: Faculty of Arts, University of Lagos, Lagos, 

South Africa
16-18 June 2017 
"The Pan-African Pantheon"
A paper: 'Buchi Emecheta' to be presented 
by Dr. Louisa Egbunike
Institute for Pan-African Thought and Conversation Conference 
Venue: University of Johannesburg

London
Africa Writes
30 June


Lon don
I busa Village Women ceremony for their sister Buchi Emecheta.
Organised with the family for a London memorial and celebration of her 
For more information:

 
November
USA
November 16 - 18, 2017
African Studies Association Annual Conference (ASA),
Buchi Emecheta: A Celebration of her Life and Work'
Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile
Chair:Louisa Egbunike

Jan 2018
THE GAMBIA
SABLE LITFest
Mboka Festival of Arts Culture and Sport 
The Gambia 
6-20 Jan

Buchi Emecheta was to have been our special guest of honour at the first SABLE Litfest in The Gambia in 2007 but she was too unwell to travel. We honour Buchi at a celebration of her life  with readings, memories, poetry, music and film.


 
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PUBLICATIONS - SPECIAL ISSUES

JALA (Journal of African Literature Association)
A peer reviewed journal
Contact: Kadija (George) Sesay for the Call for Papers

Eds:Louisa Uchum Egbunike and Kadija Sesay

Louisa Uchum Egbunike is a lecturer in English at Manchester Metropolitan University. She completed her PhD at SOAS, University of London, where she has also lectured in Contemporary African Literature. Louisa is one of the founders and conveners of the Annual International Igbo Conference at SOAS.

PAMBAZUKA NEWS 
Contact: Yves Niyiragira   for the Call for Papers



With thanks to Margaret Busby and Louisa Egbunike for additional content and Roseanne for the book covers.
Photos, Information, Bibliography and links on Buchi Emecheta and her work

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