Friday, 9 September 2016

National Organising Committee visits National Council For Arts And Culture in furtherance of the plans to celebrate EFURU@50 and the author Flora Nwapa the pioneer of African Women Literature.



2016 marks the golden anniversary of the publication of the novel Efuru by Flora Nwapa. 


Efuru is a novel by Flora Nwapa which was published in 1966 as number 26 in Heinemann's African Writers Series, making it the first published book by an African woman writer.

The celebration will include seminars, literary competitions, conferences, readings, Literary Carnivals,

The celebration will tentatively take place in the following places;  

·        Lagos; Tuesday Nov 29 2016
·        Maiduguri; Thursday Dec 1 2016
·        Abuja; Saturday December 3 2016
·        Enugu; Sunday, December 11 2016

Already a call for papers have gone out for extracts to celebrate the event.


Members of the NOC, EFURU@50 Conference paid a courtesy visit to the Director General, National Council For Arts And Culture, Mrs Dayo Keshi in her office at Garki 2, Abuja on Wednesday September 8 2016.

While welcoming the visitors, a Director of the Agency who is also a member of ANA Abuja, Mrs Lizi Ben-Iheanochor stated that one of the objectives of the NCAC is the collaboration with writers in the promotion of Literature and the Reading Culture in the country. She therefore believed that it was appropriate for the NOC to seek NCAC's support in celebrating the achievements of the first published African woman author.

Dr Wale Okediran who led the delegation congratulated Mrs Keshi for her appointment as the first woman DG for the agency. He reiterated the fact that the EFURU@50 event which will be celebrated in five centres in the country between November 29 and December 11 2016 will involve academicians, secondary school students and policy makers.

In her response, Mrs Keshi congratulated the Flora Nwapa Foundation for the laudable project of EFURU@50. She promised her Agency's support especially for the Children's Carnival in view of her strong belief that children as the future generation needed to be well groomed in the areas of Literature and Culture.


Members of the visiting NOC were Dr Wale Okediran (Chairman) Uzoma Nwakuche (Chairman Flora Nwapa Foundation) Ikeogu Oke, Salamatu Sule and Glory Obasi  

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