This year marks the 50th anniversary of the novel, Efuru, by the late Flora Nwapa. The novel was first published in 1966 by Heinemann under the African Writers Series. Writers and scholars, in collaboration with the Flora Nwapa Foundation, will be celebrating its golden jubilee with literary activities and conferences across five cities.
According to the organisers, the events will hold in Lagos, Maiduguri, Abuja, Oguta and Enugu between November 29 and December 11, 2016. They acknowledged the book’s global appeal and thematic preoccupation, adding that the five-city event is expected to attract hundreds of writers from across and outside the country.
Born on January 13, 1931, in Oguta, Imo State, Nwapa had been referred to as the “mother of modern African women literature”. She died at the age of 62.
The late author’s son, Mr Uzoma Nwakuche, who heads the Flora Nwapa Foundation, said the events would also celebrate the African woman, her legacy and dignifying role in the development of society