AFRICAN WRITER FOR WHOM THE SERIES WAS ESTABLISHED: Chinua Achebe, author of Things Fall Apart
Things fall apart and more - 1st teachers' workshop on African literature
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Chinua Achebe, author of Things Fall Apart
AFRICAN WRITER 2003 Wole Soyinka, Writer and Nobel Laureate
AFRICAN WRITER 2004 Buchi Emecheta, Nigerian writer
AFRICAN WRITER 2005 Ngugi wa Thiong'go, Kenyan writer and activist
AFRICAN WRITER 2006 Dennis Brutus, South African poet and activist
AFRICAN WRITER 2007 Nawal El Saadawi, Egyptian writer and socialist feminist
AFRICAN WRITER 2008 Femi Osofisan, Nigerian playwright and journalist. Learn more:
AFRICAN WRITER 2013 Chris Abani, Nigerian writer and poet
With funding from the Ruth Mott Foundation, and in collaboration with the Flint Public Library, the Department of Africana Studies hosts the visit of renowned African writers as an annual event.
Between 2003 and 2008, six distinguished authors, including the Noble Laureate, Wole Soyinka, visited Flint and the University of Michigan-Flint. In 2013, the Ruth Mott Foundation resumed the funding of the project. Thus began the second phase of the collaborative project between the Department of Africana Studies and the Flint Public Library. In this second phase, there was the idea of expanding the scope of visitors to include African and African Diaspora literary as well as performing artists necesssitating the designation of the series as African/African Diaspora Artists series (AADA). The format and content were to be retained. However, the envisaged expansion did not materialize. The second-phase visitors, therefore, remained renowned African writers with focus on a generation of writers younger than those in phase one. Under this scheme, the versatile author, Chris Abani became the 2013 visitor (April 10-13). Chimamnda Ngozi Adichie, was selected as the 2014 renowned visitor.
For more details, follow the following link: http://www.fpl.info/Africana/index.shtml