Emerging Perspectives on Akachi Adimora Ezeigbo
Edited by Rose A. Sackeyfio and Blessing Diala-Ogamba
Akachi Adimora Ezeigbo has emerged as one of Nigeria’s leading female writers. Her distinguished career gained prominence in the early 21st century and continues to evolve through prolific writing across genres of poetry, the novel, the short story and children’s literature. As a leading Nigerian writer, she has produced five novels, twenty-two books for children, four collections of short stories, three collections of poetry and two plays. In addition to creative writing, she is an activist, professor and gender theorist at the University of Lagos in Nigeria. Her works define her as a feminist artist and scholar committed to social transformation and gender equality for females. Her fiction is a wellspring of creativity that captures the female perspective on the Nigerian experience. Ezeigbo’s novels span the setting of the pre-colonial and post-independence era through the creation of vibrant literary texts as a window into the Nigerian world. Her trilogy, The Last of the Strong Ones (1996), House of Symbols (2001) and Children of the Eagle (2002) has repositioned the identity of Igbo women in the past by drawing a portrait of women’s lives that is authentic and historically grounded in the pre-colonial environment of Igbo society.
Akachi Adimora Ezeigbo is among the constellation of Nigeria’s leading writers of children’s literature and her books for children places her squarely within the canon of writers who, in the decades after independence, amplified the exigencies of nation-building as a catalyst for relevant literature for children on whom Nigeria’s future depends. In the tradition of oral artists of the past, Adimora Ezeigbo has effectively adapted salient features of Nigerian folklore to address contemporary issues in the world of the Nigerian child of the 21st century.
Her literature has earned critical acclaim and multiple awards such as the coveted ANA Spectrum Prize (2001), the Zulu Sofola Prize (2002) for women writers, the Flora Nwapa Prize (2003), and the WORDOC Short Story prize in 1994. She was awarded the Cadbury Poetry Prize (2009), the ANA (Atiku Prize 2008) and in 2008 she, along with Mabel Segun won the Nigeria Prize for Literature for My Cousin Sammy. In 2012 Roses and Bullets, an epic novel about the Biafra war was short listed for the Wole Soyinka Prize for Literature. As a tribute to her voluminous literary production, we invite contributions to a volume that will highlight the works of Akachi Adimora Ezeigbo that may include her creative works, (fiction, poetry, drama) academic writing, and feminist theory.
We welcome critical essays that interrogate (but are not limited to) the following:
Culture and Aesthetics
Third Generation Women Writers
Nigerian and Diaspora Women Writers
The woman writer as Artist/Critic/Change Agent
Customs and Traditions
Igbo Women Writers
Historical Fiction and Women Writers
The Old and the New (Generational Issues in Women’s Writing)
Please Submit a 250 word Abstract by May 30, 2014. Please Include the following in your proposal: your name, current position an institutional affiliation, paper title, your mailing address, email, and phone number. Final manuscripts will be due April 30, 2015.