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Life and Work and A Million Bullets and a Rose

Akachi Adimora-Ezeigbo and Leslye Obiora Interviewed by Stephen Embleton

Sunday, 3 April 2022

12:00pm

1 hour

Bodleian: Divinity School

£7 - £12.50

Event sponsored by

Nigerian novelist, poet and critic Professor Akachi Adimora-Ezeigbo, a winner of the Nigeria Prize for Literature, talks about her life and work and her latest novel A Million Bullets and a Rose. She is joined by law professor and former Nigerian government minister Professor Leslye Obiora, 

Ezeigbo was raised in eastern Nigeria, partly in a rural community and partly in a city. She combines these two factors as the background for her children’s stories and adult fiction. Ezeigbo is a lecturer in English at Federal University Ndufu-Alike, Ikwo, Ebonyi State, Nigeria, and a writer, novelist, critic, and essayist. Her recent works include a collection of poems, Heart Songs, and the novels, Trafficked and Fire from the Holy Mountain. House of Symbols was among the prizewinners in the Nigerian Prize for Literature. A Million Bullets and a Rose has been described as one of the most captivating and realistic of Biafran war literature.

Adimora-Ezeigbo and Obiora will discuss Igbo culture, the influence on both of them of Flora Nwapa - the mother of modern African literature, feminism, culture and the Biafra war.

Obiora is related to Flora Nwape. She is a law professor at the University of Arizoina, former Minister of Mines and Steel Development for the Federal Republic of Nigeria and founder of the Institute for Research on African Women, Children and Culture.

Here they talk to Stephen Embleton, the inaugural James Currey Fellow at the University of Oxford’s African Studies Centre, and author of the speculative fiction novel, Soul Searching.

This event is part of the festival’s programme of African literature and culture.

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FT Weekend Title partner BBC World Service International radio partner Oxford Martin School Festival ideas partner Bodleian Libraries Festival cultural partner University of Oxford New College Jewish Book Week Partner of Jewish programme Italian Embassy Supporter of Italian programme The Dorchester Hotels Collection Festival London hotel partner Blackwell’s Festival on-site and online bookseller The Randolph Hotel The festival hotel Princeton University Press Prestige publishing partner Marlene Hauser Mary and Cecil Quillen Supporters of the programme of American literature and culture Jill Dunsmore David Isaac Carole and John Allen Lucian Hudson Pank Koria CEO of Project People Masumi and Jonathan Dobson Miles Young Emily Rose and James Marrow Supporters of the programme of American literature and culture George Warren Lady Hatch Patron donor for the programme of Irish literature and culture John Roberts Owen Mumford Supporter of programme of science and medicine Exeter College Exeter College Trinity College Trinity College Worcester College Worcester College Lincoln College Lincoln College St Cross College St Cross College: Festival college partner. Eastgate Hotel Eastgate Hotel, a festival hotel The Feathers Hotel Woodstock festival hotel Critchleys Accountants to the festival Project People Foodbuy European Union Delegation of the European Union to the United Kingdom T S Eliot Foundation Alan Squire Publishing Sponsor of American novelists and poets Felicity Bryan Associates Conference Oxford Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies University of Oxford Alumni Office Alumni Office Said Business School Bear Ram Elk Festival Digital Strategy & Web Design BBC Radio Oxford Local radio partner The Oxford Times Regional media partner Oxford Brookes University Oxford University Images Oxford University Images The Sheldonian Theatre Floris of London City Audio Visual Racalia Olive Oil Olive oil from Sicily Schoolreaders The Litmus Partnership K T Bruce Photography K T Bruce Photography OX magazine Chamberlain Evans Estate agents Siren Communications Siren Communications - corporate consultants Chêne Bleu Wines of Provence Frescobaldi Toscana Wines of Tuscany Symington Wines of the Douro Valley Seacourt Printers Festival printers Compassion in World Farming The Wild Geese Nicholas Hunter Ltd James Currey Society Hattus Books Hattus Books La Cave Musik Pusey House Cervantes Institute, London Confucius Institute Literature Ireland