|A cross section of Participants|
It began with a selection of readings from the members of the audience on the theme of the event. Among the selections, we had a reading of Maya Angelou’s ‘Phenomenal Woman’, prose by Ijeoma Umebinyuo, Moshood Folorunsho’s ‘My Kenyan Lady’ and a selection of original works by ‘Dele Kogbe. After the first set of readings, our keynote speaker, Dr. Nicole Devarenne of English Department, University of Dundee, gave her presentation on the role of women in African literature and film. She explored a variety of literary and cinematic works from the prominent African writers and a filmmaker, looking at the key female characters featured in each of the works. Notable works included those of Chinua Achebe, Bessie Head, Sol Plaatje, Tsitsi Dangarembga, Amos Tutuola, Chimamanda Adichie and Ousmane Sembene. The event was concluded by one further reading before the vote of thanks marking the end of the programme.