Thursday, 8 December 2016

ABUJA HOSTS EFURU@50



It was the turn of Abuja to host Efuru written 50 years ago by Flora Nwapa. There were two events. The first one being a children’s carnival was at the NTA Arena on Saturday 3rd December, 2016 while the second one held at University of Abuja.


The Chairman of the occasion was the first female DG of Arts and Culture Dayo Keshi who was represented by a Director.

Special guests include Prof. Vicky Sylvester and Dr. Lizi Iheanacho.

Up to 10 schools participated in the quiz and drama at the NTA Arena event. Whereas 6 of the schools contested in the quiz, 4 others took part in the drama.


At the end of the two contests, GSS Gwagwalada, GSS Tunga Make, Gifted Schl & GSS Bwari placed 1st, 2nd & 3rd positions in Drama while GSS Gawu, GDSS Wuse 11 & GSS Kuje placed 1st, 2nd & 3rd in Quiz.


Ejine Nzeribe the eldest of the 3 children of Flora Nwapa gave the vote of thanks and thanked everyone who came to honour their mother.


The second leg of the Abuja presentations took place at  the University of Abuja. The event saw many paper presentations by distinguished scholars.

The Chairman of the occasion was Nze Ozichukwu Chukwu while special guests included Prof. Charles Ofoegbu, Prof. Leslie Obiora former Minister of Solid Minerals, Mrs. Angela Lucas and Director in State House. The children of Flora Nwapa- Ejine Nzeribe, Uzoma Nwakuche and Amede Nzeribe were also on the High Table.


The event started with opening prayers, next was the welcome address by both Dean of Arts- Prof. Uwatt and the Chairman of Local Organising Committee, thereafter Prof. Obiora gave some remarks wherein she talked about the positive influence of her aunt- Flora Nwapa in her life.

The VC represented by the Director of Administration welcomed everyone and spoke extensively of the plans the VC had to remodel the school and make it a befitting place for all.


Nze Ozichukwu Chukwu gave the Chairman’s address and spoke about Flora Nwapa and the positive influence of her books.


The keynote address was given by Prof. David Ker.


There was a command performance of Efuru which was adapted by Prof. Mabel Evierhoma. There was also a poetry performance by Deji.


Several scholars made many beautiful presentations on topics ranging from feminism, patriarchy, survival, negotiation, conflict resolution, sexuality, women empowerment, legacy and the influence of Flora Nwapa’s book 50 years later etc.


The paper presenters included a Ugandan- Juliet Kushaba. Others were; Dr. Lizi Iheanacho, Prof. Vicky Sylvester, Dr. Nonyelum Chibuzo, Sarah Ameh, Aisha Umar, Patience Yakubu, Adegboyega Adeyemi Amos, Dr. Alkali,  Prof. Asabe, Moses Joseph and Usman Danjuma Osu.


As the team of  NOC and Flora Nwapa Foundation departs to Enugu for another celebration of Efuru and Flora Nwapa, everyone acknowledged that indeed Abuja put up scintillating performances!

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