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Onyeka Nwelue
Nkiru-njoku
Nkiru. Njoku

African and Caribbean Voices

James Currey, Claude Joseph, Onyeka Nwelue and Nkiru. Njoku Chaired by Dan Hicks

Saturday, 26 March 2022

12:00pm

1 hour

Weston Lecture Theatre

£7 - £12.50

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Former publisher James Currey, Haitian politician Dr Claude Joseph, writer and academic Onyeka Newlue, and writer-director Nk’iru Njoku discuss the history of the Africa-focused publisher James Currey Publishing, its efforts to promote African and Caribbean voices, and the work to continue its legacy at the University of Oxford’s African Studies Centre.

James Currey Publishing was founded in 1984 by South African James Currey after he had spent a decade pioneering Heinemann’s African Writers Series. It is now part of Boydell and Brewer and publishes books by leading figures in African studies and by new authors. It works with co-publishers to ensure wide circulation for the books. The James Currey Society was founded at the African Studies Centre by Nwelue. It aims to make the work of Currey known through workshops, conferences, prizes and residences. It runs the James Currey Prize for African Literature, James Currey Fellowship, James Currey writing and publishing workshops, and the James Currey Literary Festival.

Currey has been called the ‘godfather of African literature’. He studied at Oxford before going on to work for Oxford University Press and Heinemann. At his OUP interview he was asked to pick a country to go to and chose South Africa. Joseph is a former assistant visiting professor at University of Connecticut and a Haitian politician who served as minister of foreign affairs and acting Prime Minister of Haiti. Nwelue is a filmmaker, talk-show host, writer, bookseller, teacher and academic visitor at the University of Oxford African Studies Centre He is also advisor to the festival’s programme of African literature and culture. Nwelue’s aunt Flora Nwapa has been called the ‘mother of modern African literature’ and was the first African woman novelist to be published in the English language in Britain by Currey under the Heinemann African Writers Series. Njoku is a writer-director, who was the head writer on the Nigerian soap Tinsel for seven years and was on the 2021 BBC London Voices scheme. Her short film Oriki won the women in film award at the Black Star International Film Festival in Ghana.

Discussions are chaired by Professor Dan Hicks, author of The Brutish Museums: the Benin Bronzes, Colonial Violence and Cultural Restitution, described by Ben Okri as ‘an important book which could overturn what people have felt about British history, empire, civilisation, Africa, and African art’.

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