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Women Writers Unite! Wana Udobang, Lola Shoneyin, Akachi Ezeigbo, Bibi Bakare Discuss Literature at “Yari Yari Ntoaso” in Ghana | 16th – 19th May 2013



The organization of Women Writers of Africa (OWWA) and New York University in collaboration with the Ghanaian Mbaasem Foundation and the Spanish fundacion mujures por Africa‘ (women for Africa foundation), presents an international conference on literature by women of African ancestry.

This major conference will put writers, critics and readers from across Africa, USA, Europe and the Carribbean in dialogue Among the women to be featured are 7 talented Nigerian women and one of whom is Wana Udobang an on air radio personality. Others include celebrated playwright and scholar Tess Onwueme, novelist Lola Shoneyin, performance artist Wura-Natasha Ogunji, editor and publisher Bibi Bakare, children’s author Akachi Ezeigbo, and young adult novelist Nnedi Okorafor at the conference.

Tagged “Continuing the Dialogue – An International Conference on Literature by Women of African Ancestry” the conference will cover issues ranging from identity of the writer to the craft of writing and even literary activism. These authors will be joined by other well-known writers such as: Angela Davis (USA), Ama Ata Aidoo (Ghana), Natalia Molebatsi (South Africa), Yolanda Arroyo Pizarro (Puerto Rico), Sapphire (USA),Veronique Tadjo (Côte d’Ivoire) and Evelyne Trouillot (Haiti).

Yari Yari Ntoaso will consist of panels, readings, performances, and workshops, and will be devoted to the study, evaluation, and celebration of the creativity and diversity of women writers of African descent
Fifteen years after OWWA’s first major conference, Yari Yari Ntoaso continues the dialogue of previous YariYari gatherings, connecting writers, scholars, and readers.

To attend register {HERE}

Date: May 16th – 19th 2013
Venue: Ghana College of Physicians and Surgeons – No. 54 Independence Avenue, near the Ridge Roundabout, Accra, Ghana


  1. Ready

    May 13, 2013 at 1:25 pm

    I wish you guys would reinstate BN Book Review…I loved the few times we did it, and it was great getting exposed to Nigerian writers. After reading Chimamanda’s Americanah, I just want to discuss it with BN commenters from about 3-4 years ago because I always learned something and it was usually a space to trade ideas.
    I just feel instead of new gossip columns on the website, the Book Review would actually add something.

    • Ready

      May 13, 2013 at 1:37 pm

      I have to amend this comment. I just saw a review of the Popoola book was posted in February this year, so I apologize for my inaccuracy. But what’s missing from that post was an announcement for the next one; that way, we can read ahead, rather than have to read someone else’s review and scramble back after a week of sourcing the book and reading it. It would be nice to have a discussion, and not a mini-lecture.

  2. jcsgrl

    May 13, 2013 at 1:33 pm

    @ Ready…you’re so on point. But I’m sure BN probably doesn’t have the resource to read and write the reviews. Not sure o, but I’m sure they don’t mind you volunteering and taking the lead 🙂

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