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Western Illinois University22 – 27 April 2008Conference Program(10 April 2008)Convener: Abdul-Rasheed Na’AllahCo-Convener: Igolima Amachree

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34th Annual Conference of the African Literature Association

Western Illinois University
22 – 27 April 2008
Conference Program
(10 April 2008)
Convener: Abdul-Rasheed Na’Allah
Co-Convener: Igolima Amachree
Important Notice:
Film and other miscellaneous schedules are announced separately.
If any major error is noted, we are prepared to issue a supplementary
schedule. Please e-mail us at [email protected]
Tuesday, 22 April

1:00 – 4:00pm Spoon River College Hospitality Room: Conference Lobby
Coffee and Cookies
6:00 – 8:00pm WIU Presidential Reception for ALA Executives, Invited Speakers,
Organizing Committee members and special guests at the University Residence
Wednesday, 23 April
7:00 – 10:00am ALA Executive Board Meeting, Algonquin Room
8:30 – 10:00am TRACALA Executive Meeting, Days Inn Meeting Room
8:00 – 9:45am Concurrent Panels
Panel: Chinua Achebe’s Things Fall Apart Anniversary: 50 Years After – Part One, Lincoln
Chair: Ernest N. Emenyonu, University of Michigan-Flint
Participants: Ernest N. Emenyonu, University of Michigan-Flint, Film Adaptations of Things Fall
Apart: The ‘journey’ so far; What Next?
Ada Azodo, Indiana University Northwest, Things Fall (“began to fall”) Apart: William Butler Yeats,
Chinua Achebe and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and Their Writings.
Idom T. Inyabri & David L. Imbua, University of Calabar, Nigeria, Where the Rain Began to Beat
Us: Memory, Narrativity, and Nationalism: Chimamanda Adichie’s Half of a Yellow Sun in Perspective
relevant to Chinua Achebe’s Narrative Art.
Florence O. Orabueze, University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Leaving a Lasting Monument: The Portrait of
African Womanhood Fifty Years After Publication of Things Fall Apart.
Irene Salami-Agunloye, University of Jos, Nigeria, Wifehood in Chinua Achebe’s Things Fall Apart
Panel: The Female Body, Gender, and Sexuality, Springfield Capital Room
Chair: Alessandra Capperdoni, Simon Fraser University
Participants: Moussa Sow, The College of New Jersey, Building the Rebel: The Female Body in
Sembene’s Cinema
Alessandra Capperdoni, Simon Fraser University, Modernity in the Feminine: African Women Writers
and the Cultural
Advice Viriri, Midlands State University, Zimbabwe, “Frailty Thy Name Is Woman”: The
Changing African Gendered Context in Post- Independence Zimbabwean Literature
Panel: African and African Diaspora in Dialogue: Kinship, Homeland, Nationalism, and
Diaspora Identity, Cardinal/Oak Room
Chair: Lindsey Campbell-Badger, Indiana University, Bloomington
Participants: Prince Kwame ADIKA, Illinois State University, Re-membering Kinship: A Comparative
Study of African and African Diasporean Narratives of Return
Lindsey Campbell-Badger, Indiana University, Bloomington, Constructing Emigration as a
Nationalizing Project in Creative writing Works from Cape Verde
Jessica Hutchins, Southern Illinois University Carbondale, The Use of French Creole in Windward
Heights by Maryse Condé
Solomon O. A. Azumurana, University of Lagos, Complexities of Existence in Selected African and
African-American Novels
Panel: Exile, Emigration, or Immigration - “Nègres,” “Etrangers», Kaskaskia Capital Room
Chair: Philip Ojo, Agnes Scott College
Participants: Philip Ojo, Agnes Scott College, “Nègres,” “Etrangers,” “D’Où-êtes-vous?,” Rentrez chez vous!
…”: Different Contexts, Identical Challenges of Otherness in Selected Francophone African Narratives of Migration
and Exile
Michael Ugarte, University of Missouri-Columbia, Out of Africa to Spain: Exile, Emigration, or
Panel: Resistance, Struggle, Metamorphosis and African and African Diaspora Writing and
Films, Fox Room
Chair: Kirsten Hemmy, Johnson C. Smith University
Participants: Evelyne Delgado-Norris, Chicago State University, Song, Poetry, and Resistance in the
Works of Kiné Kirama Fall
Gretchen Elizabeth Kellough, Northwestern University, Changing Urban Identities: Changing
Feminine Communities in the Works of Nigerian Author Buchi Emecheta
Kirsten Hemmy, Johnson C. Smith University, Female Freedom Fighter: The Case of Emma Brown
10:00 – 11:30am OPENING SESSION: Welcome Address by WIU President Al Goldfarb,
Macomb Mayor Mick Wisslead, Provost Jack Thomas, and CAS Dean Inessa
Levi, Senator John Sullivan, Representative Rich Myers
Sherman Hall Auditorium, 3rd Floor
African Art Exhibition by Ibiyinka Alao
African Drumming by Adebisi Akande,
Performance by Alhaji Pappa Susso
12:00 – 2:00pm TRACALA LAUNCH LUNCHEON, Lamoine Room
(Box Lunch)
Inaugural Speaker: Paul Bandia, Concordia University, Montreal, Canada,
Technology Presentation I: Digitally connected globe: African literature, culture and performance,
Board Room
Chair: Mark L Lilleleht, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Presenter: Mohammed Hamid Mohammed, Intel
Title: Digital Harambe: Telling African Stories in 0’s and 1’s to a Generation of Netters
1:00 to 4:00pm Spoon River College Hospitality Room: Chicago Room
Coffee and Cookies
2:00 – 3:45pm Concurrent Panels
Panel: Traumatic Representations I, Springfield Capital Room
Chair: Rebekah Hurt, University of Birmingham, UK
Participants: Rebekah Hurt, University of Birmingham, UK, Political Implications of the
Representations of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorders in Adichie’s Purple Hibiscus and Half of a Yellow
Mary Jane Androne, Albright College, Black Skin Splitting: Bodies in Dangarembga’s The Book of
Kirk Sides, University of California, Los Angeles, The Politics of Telling: Nationalism, Exile, and
Comparative Trauma in African Literature
Roundtable: The Vision and Mission of Ezenwa-Ohaeto, Cardinal/Oak Room
Co-Chairs: J.O.J. Nwachukwu-Agbada, Abia State University and Remi Raji-Oyelade, University
of Ibadan
Participants: Niyi Osundare, University of New Orleans; Tanure Ojaide, University of North
Carolina at Charlotte; Livinus Odozor, University of Illinois at Springfield; Abdul-Rasheed
Na’Allah, Western Illinois University; Obi Nwakamma, St. Louis University, Missouri; Esiaba
Irobi, Ohio University, Athens; Remi Raji-Oyelade, University of Ibadan; Maik Nwosu,
University of Denver, Colorado.
Writers Panel I (Northwestern University Program of African Studies 60th Anniversary
Panel): Africana Writers – Home and Exile! Fox Room
Co-Chairs: George Elliott Clarke, University of Toronto
Sandra Richards, Northwestern University
Writers: Abena Busia, Gabeba Baderoon, Chika Unigwe, Niyi Osundare, Isidore Okpewho,
Tanure Ojaide, Kofi Anyidoho, Olu Obafemi, Akachi Ezeigbo, George Elliott Clarke
Roundtable: Things Fall Apart 50th Anniversary: Chinua Achebe’s Legacies as an African
Writer, Lincoln Room
Chair: Ernest N. Emenyonu, University of Michigan-Flint
Participants: Bernth Lindfors, University of Texas at Austin, Teaching Things Fall Apart in Texas
Francis Sidney Ibe Mogu, University of Swaziland, Southern Africa, Things Fall Apart Across
Cultures: The Universal Significance of Achebe's 1958 Reconstruction of the African Heritage
Abiola Irele—Harvard University
Isidore Okpewho—SUNY, Binghamton
Tanure Ojaide, University of North Carolina, Charlotte
Anthonia Kalu---Univ. of Northern Colorado, Greeley
Chimalum Nwankwo—North Carolina A & T University
Camillus Ukah—Chairman, Association of Nigerian Authors, Imo State Branch.
Roundtable: What’s Wrong with Human Rights Film (Part One), Heritage Room
Chair: Eileen Julien, Indiana University
Participants: Chiwengo Ngwarsungu, Creighton University; Saul Steier, San Francisco State
University; Maureen Eke, University of Central Michigan; Jane Bryce, University of the West
Sembene Ousmane Memorial Lectures I, Kaskaskia Capital Room
Chair: Andrew Lian, Western Illinois University
Lecturer: Obioma Nnaemeka, University of Indiana, Indianapolis.
Panel: Religion, Society and Critical Purview, DuSable Room
Chair: Debora Yvon Fonteneau, Savana State University
Participants: Debora Yvon Fonteneau, Savana State University, Religious Patrimony and Feminist
Discourse in Sembene Ousmane’s Xala and Mariama Ba’s So Long a Letter
Abubakr Ya’qub Imam, University of Ilorin, Nigeria, Conflicts Between Religion and Culture in an
African Society: A Critical Analysis of Ibrahim Tahir’s The Last Imam
4:00 – 5:30pm ALA Conference Library Reception, Garden Lounge, Malpass Library
4:00 – 5:45pm Concurrent Panels
Panel: Chinua Achebe’s Things Fall Apart Anniversary: 50 Years After – Part Two, Lincoln
Chair: Ernest N. Emenyonu, University of Michigan-Flint
Participants: Helen Chukwuma, Jackson State University, Mississippi, The Woman’s Past: Portrait of
Womanhood in Things Fall Apart
Blessing Ogamba, The Portrayal of Womanhood in Achebe’s Things Fall Apart and Akachi Ezeigbo’s
The Last of the Strong Ones
Iniobong I. Uko, University of Uyo, Female Sexuality in the 21st Century African Literature: A Study of
Achebe’s Things Fall Apart and Ama Ata Aidoo’s Changes
Omotayo, Olatubosun Tope—Tai Solarin University of Education, Ijebu Ode, Nigeria, Appraisal
of Traditional Welfare Practice: A Review of Things Fall Apart
Panel: Traumatic Representations II, Fox Room
Chair: Pius Adesanmi, Carleton University
Participants: Anaele Charles Ihuoma, Nigeria, A CRUSH ON THEIR CROSS: Adolescent Turmoil,
Family Sensibility and Pseudo-history in Chimamanda Adichie’s Purple Hibiscus and Maya Angelou’s I
Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
Bonn Nwabueze Asiegbu, University of Port Harcourt, Nigeria, In My Father’s House: Domestic
Violence in Adichie’s Purple Hibiscus and Dangarembga’s Nervous Conditions
J.O.J. Nwachukwu-Agbada, Abia State University, Uturu, Nigeria, Daughteronomy: Akachi
Adimora-Ezeigbo, Domestic Amazons and Patriachal Assumptions in Children of the Eagle
Panel: (Up) Rootedness and Globalization: A Paradox in Contemporary Francophone
Women Writing, Springfield Capital Room
Chair: Christopher Bolander, Marquette University
Participants: Christopher Bolander, Marquette University, But is it French? Teaching Mercédès
Fouda’s Je Parle Camerounais
Fara Rabenarivo, University of Iowa, Heading Down the Path Towards Questioning Collective Memory in
Michèle Rakotoson’s Lalana
Molly Krueger Enz, South Dakota State University, Isolation and Alienation in the Metropole: The
Search for Identity in Gisèle Pineau’s L’Exil selon Julia
Workshop: African Literature Resources for Teaching (Part One), Vandalia Capital Room
Moderator: Jim LaPrad, Western Illinois University
Showing “Africa: A Triple Heritage” by Ali Mazrui
Writers Panel II: Fiction Reading, Cardinal/Oak Room
Chair: Olabisi Gwamna, Iowa Wesleyan
Participants: Olabisi Gwamna, Iowa Wesleyan College, Reading from Dancing with Shadows and
Other Stories
Augustine Bukenya, Makerere University, Uganda, Two Stories by Austin Bukenya: The Mermaid of
Msambweni and Years From Hence: The Two Doors
Okey Ndibe, Trinity College, Foreign Gods, Incorporated
Chika Unigwe, Turnhout, Belgium, Excerpts from On Black Sister Street; The Day Independence
Came; Borrowed Smile; On the Train to Leuven; Re-Growing my Hair; Baptism by Fire; The Scent of My
Panel: Translating African Literature/African Literature in Translation, Lamoine Room
Chair: Natasha Himmelman, University of Cape Town
Participants: Peter Wuteh Vakunta, University of Wisconsin-Madison, The African Palimpsest:
Translation in the European African Text
Participants: Harry Garuba, University of Cape Town, Is There a Text in African Literature (in
Evan Maina Mwangi, Northwestern University, Translation and the Gender of Optimism in
Ngugi wa Thiong’o’s Matigari
Natasha Himmelman, University of Cape Town, Translating Translations: A Study of Ngugi’s
Matigari in English and Spanish
Mukoma Wa Ngugi, Kenyan Writer, The Task of The  African Translator
Panel: Publishing African Writers, Scholars and Cultural Materials, Heritage Room
Co-Chairs: Ato Quayson, University of Toronto; Paul Tiyambe Zeleza, University of Illinois –
Participants: Kassahun Checole, Africa World Press & Red Sea Press, Trenton, NJ, USA.
James Currey, James Currey Publishers, Oxford, UK
Haki Madhibuti, Third World Press, Chicago, USA
5:00 – 6:00pm WOCALA Business Meeting, DuSable Room
6:00 – 8:00pm Evening Sessions
African World Press 25th Anniversary Dinner, Alumni House
8:00 – 9:30pm Open Folktale Performances, Poetry Readings, Lamoine Room
Performer and Facilitator: Regina Yaou, Ivory Coast, West Africa
(open to all interested performers, poets – as audience and narrators)
Monologues and readings from selected African Diaspora Women
playwrights, Heritage Room
Director, Tamera Izlar, Howard University
Thursday, 24 April
7:00 – 10:00am ALA Executive Board Meeting, Algonquin Room
8:00 – 9:45am Concurrent Panels
Writers’ Roundtable I: Writing in the Mother Land: Women Writers of the Global Century
who have remained at Home, Western Room
Co-Chairs: Niyi Osundare and Abena Busia
Participants: Toyin Adewale-Gabriel, Mariama Barry, MarièTou mbaye bileoma (Ken Bugul),
Mabel I. E. Evwierhoma, Véronique Tadjo, Akachi Ezeigbo
Panel: Migrations et Immigrations: Mémoires et Pratiques, Dusable Room
Chair: Cilas Kemedjio, University of Rochester
Participants: P. Julie Papaionnaou, University of Rochester, Memories of Daily life in Calixthe
Beyala’s Les Honneurs perdus
Ambroise Kom, College of the Holly Cross, Migrations, cultures des cités et constructions identitaires.
Cilas Kemedjio, University of Rochester, Migrations et Immigrations: à partir de la mémoire de l’esclavage
TRACALA Roundtable: Gender & Translation, Heritage Room
Chair: Wangui wa Goro, TRACALA President
Participants: Marjoligjin de Jaeger, Mildred Mortimer, Keiko Kusunose, Irene d'Almeida, Janis
Panel: Memory, Ritual, and the African Diaspora I, Board Room
Chair: Saddik M. Gouhar, UAE University, United Arab Emirates
Participants: Ghirmai Negash, Ohio State University, Dedicated to America: Melancholy and Laughter
in Zakes Mda’s novel Cion
Saddik M. Gouhar, UAE University, United Arab Emirates, Confronting the History of Slavery and
Colonization in the Poetry of Langston Hughes and Mohamed Al-Fayturi
Kgomotso M. Masemola, Walter Sisulu University, South Africa, Between the Double Temporality of
Tinseltown and Sophiatown: Cultural Memory in Miriam Makeba’s Makeba: My Story and Bloke
Modisane’s Blame Me on History
Panel: Chinua Achebe’s Things Fall Apart Anniversary: 50 Years After – Part Three, Lincoln
Chair: Tanure Ojaide, University of North Carolina, Charlotte
Participants: Umelo Ojinmah, Nasarawa State University, Nigeria, Okonkwo’s Messianic Fixation as
a Parody of Colonial induced Hybridization
Pauline Ada Uwakweh, North Carolina A&T State University, Managing Change and Conflict:
Lessons from Things Fall Apart for the Global Village
Omotayo Olatubosun Tope, Tai Solarin University of Education, Ijagun, Appraisal of African
Traditional Welfare Practice: A Review of Things Fall Apart
Mariette Njoku, University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Deconstructing the Masculine Centre in Achebe’s
Things Fall Apart
Shazrah Salam, Bahauddin Zakariya University, Multan, Pakistan, Reclaiming Herstory- Celebrating
The Female Principle Through “Motherlore” in Achebe’s Things Fall Apart
Workshop: African Literature Resources for Teaching (Part Two), Springfield Capital Room
Moderator: Pius Adesanmi, Carleton University
Presenter: – Ibiyinka Alao, Springfield, MO
Topic: African Art Motives in the Classroom – The African Artist Workshop
Writers Panel III: Immigrant Voices in Short Stories, Vandalia Capital Room
Chair: Naana Banyiwa-Horne, Santa Fe Community College, Gainesville, Florida
Participants: Folabo Ajayi-Soyinka, Kansas State University, The Scare
Ada Uzoamaka Azodo, Indiana University Northwest, Rejection
Tomi Adeaga, Germany, Shattered Dreams
Naana Banyima Horne, Santa Fe Community College, Gainesville, Florida, PayBack
Panel: Graduate Caucus Panel: African “Metatexts,” Kaskaskia Capital Room
Chair: Emad Mirmotahari, UCLA
Participants: Laura Murphy, Harvard University, “We Shall Make Love With Words”: Ama Ata
Aidoo’s Grammar of Memory and Intimacy
Allison Crumly, University of California, Los Angeles, Consumption and Literary Circulation in
Bessora's Les Taches d'encre
Michele Vialet, University of Cincinnati, The Poetics of Incompleteness in Véronique Tadjo’s L’ombre d’Imana
Chantal Logan, Eastern Mennonite University, Is writing for the “Other” a predicament of African
Emad Mirmotahari, University of California, Los Angeles, Revising Revisions: Islam and Gender in
Nuruddin Farah’s From a Crooked Rib
Panel: Women and War I, Fox Room
Chair: Sandra Richards, Northwestern University
Participants: Nandini C. Sen, Delhi University, India, Women and War in Buchi Emecheta’s
Destination Biafra
Catherine Kroll, “Out of bounds in our own reality:” Yvonne Vera’s Restorying of Lost History in The
Stone Virgins
Ifeoma Obi, Anambra State University, Nigeria, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s Half of a Yellow
Sun: A critical Appraisal of the Language Usage Documenting The Nigerian Civil War
Panel: Popular Culture, Language and Socio-Political Themes in Nollywood Movies,
Cardinal/Oak Room
Chair: Onokome Okome, University of Alberta, Canada
Participants: Hope Heghagha, University of Lagos, Nigeria, “Invoking the Dead to Execute Justice”:
The Dispossessed and Vengeance Techniques in Three Nollywood Movies
David Platzer, University of California, Santa Barbara, Onitsha Market Literature and Nollywood
Abayomi Victor Okunowo, University of Colorado at Boulder, Semantic Processes of Gender
Implicature and Meaning in Female-Produced Selected Nigerian Movies
10:00 – 11:45am Concurrent Panels
Panel: Memory, Ritual, and the African Diaspora II, DuSable Room
Chair: Romanus Muoneke, University of St. Thomas, Houston
Participants: Véronique Maisier, Southern Illinois University, Historical hysteria and hysterical history
in Caribbean literature
Toni Pressley-Sanon, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Visual Art and Remembrance: An
Examination of Contemporary Art from Ouidah, Benin Republic and Haiti
Amatoritsero Ede, Carleton University, Tied and Dyed: The African Umbilical Cord of Diasporic
Cultural production
Tommie L. Jackson, St. Cloud State University, Edward P. Jones’s The Known World The Slave
Narrative Re-visited
WOCALA Panel 1: African Women Writers in Exile, Board Room
Chair: Arlene Elder, University of Cincinnati
Participants: Chioma Opara, Rivers State University of Science and Technology, Port Hancourt,
Nigeria, A Voice in the Wilderness: Gender, Tradition and Exile in Bessie Head’s The Collector of
Blessing Diala-Ogamba, Copping State University, Baltimore, Abuse of Power in Nawal El
Saadawi’s The Fall of the Imam and God Dies by the Nile
Christine Ohale, Chicago State University, The Audacity of Exile: Feminist Consciousness in Buchi
Emecheta’s Second Class Citizen
Panel: Trans-nationality, Womanhood and Memory in African Cinema, Springfield Capital
Chair: Andrea Frohne, Ohio University
Participants: Claudia Hoffmann, University of Florida, Representing Subaltern Transnationality in
Film: The Illegal African Immigrant in European Cinema
Andrea Frohne, Ohio University, “Silence is not Golden”: Memory, Ethiopia and Filmmaker Salem
Kari McGriff Miller, Howard University, Realities of Womanhood: Deconstructing Rape and Birth
Metaphors in African Film
Grace Uche Hassan and Regina Kwakye-Opong, University of Ghana, Legon, The Challenges of
African Indigenous Film and DVD
Panel: Black Postcolonial Feminists, Kaskaskia Capital Room
Chair: Jane Bryce, University of the West Indies
Participants: Jane Bryce, University of the West Indies, Cave Hill, Barbados, “Half and Half
children:” Third Generation Women Writers and the New Nigerian Novel
Naminata Diabate, The University of Texas, Austin, Stiwanist, Misovirist, Womanist, and the Politics
of Self-Naming: A Comparative Study of Sub-Saharan Francophone, Anglophone African, and African
American Feminist Theories
Adunni Agnes Joseph, University of Ilorin, Nigeria,
TRACALA Panel: Translation in Africa and African Diaspora, Cardinal/Oak Room
Chair: Tomi Adeaga, Germany
Participants: Niyi Afolabi, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, No Longer Literary Maroons:
Translating Cadernos Negros/Black Notebooks
Peter Wuteh Vakunta, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Orality Through Literacy: Translating Oral
Narrative into Written Word
Ousseynou Traore, Williams Paterson University, New Jersey, Igbotics and Transcreation in Things
Fall Apart: Creative and Critical Implications
Mark de Brito, African Poetry: The Demarcation of a Field
Mildred Mortimer, University of Colorado, Boulder, Translating Leila Sebbar’s La Seine était rouge
and The Question of Gender
Panel: Women’s Memoirs, Travelogues and “Factions”, Vandalia Capital Room
Chair: Alioune Sow, University of Florida
Participants: Patrick K. Muana, Texas A&M University, Female Spectatorship of the Colonized Body:
Anna Maria Falconbridge’s Narrative of Two Voyages to the Rivers of Sierra Leone during the
Years 1791-1793
Alioune Sow, University of Florida, Gainesville, “Nervous confessions”: autobiography, memoirs and
Ken Walibora Waliaula, The Ohio State University, The Female Voice and Narrating Confinement:
Wamboi Otieno’s Mau Mau’s Daughter
Cheryl Sterling, New York University, Can you Really see Through a Squint? Theoretical Underpinnings
in Ama Ata Aidoo’s Our Sister Killjoy
Kerry Vincent, Acadia University, Discrepant Visions: Hilda Kuper’s ‘Factional’ Representations of
Roundtable: Writing and Publishing in the Diaspora-Away from Home: African Writers
Telling Their Experiences, Heritage Room
Chair: Maureen Ngozi Eke, Central Michigan University
Participants: Patricia Jabbeh Wesley, Pennsylvania State University, Writing, Publishing, and
Breaking Into the American Literary Mainstream
Frank Chipasula, Southern Illinois University, On Becoming a 'Dangerous Writer' While Dodging the
Tyrant's Hit Men
Gabeba Baderon, Pennsylvania State University, Global Africa: Publishing on the continent and reading
in America
Panel: French Language 1 – Films, Theory and Critical Discourse, Fox Room
Chair: Kohoun Bagnini, West Virginia University
Participants: Kohoun Bagnini, West Virginia University, Thomas Sankara au feminine
Ahmed Bouguarche, California State University, Northridge, Problèmes de femmes dans certains écrits
et films francophones
Maryann Weber, Missouri Southern State University, Virtual Cinematography in Le Lys et le
Panel: Beyond Negritude: Caribbean Women Transforming African Traditions, Algonquin
Chair: Doris Hambuch, Western Illinois University
Participants: Doris Hambuch, Western Illinois University, The feminist elements in Euzhan Palcy’s
adaptation of André Brink’s A Dry White Season
Anne Malena, University of Alberta, Canada, Male tenets of Négritude and how they have been
problematized by feminine writings by Condé, Schwarz-Bart and Danticat
Patricia Krus, University of Stirling, Scotland, The influence of Négritude in the Dutch Caribbean
through an analysis of the writing of Astrid Roemer (Suriname)
12:00 – 2:00pm WOCALA Luncheon, Keynote: Chimamanda Adichie, Lincoln Room
1:00 to 4:00pm Spoon River College Hospitality Room: Chicago Room
Coffee and Cookies
2:00 – 3:45pm Concurrent Panels
Writers’ Roundtable II: Contemporary African Poetry, Heritage Room
Chair: Tanure Ojaide, The University of North Carolina at Charlotte
Participants: Abena Busia, Ifi Amadiume, Syl Cheney-Coker, Naana Horne, Jack Mapanje,
Lupenga Mphande, Chimalum Nwankwo, Tanure Ojaide, Niyi Osundare, and Tijan M. Sallah,
Kofi Anyidoho
WOCALA Panel 2: Representations of Black Women Characters in African Literature:
Cultural and Pedagogical Implications, University Room
Chair: Helen Chukwuma, Jackson State University
Participants: Helen Chukwuma, Jackson State University, Women Historical Antecedents in Literature:
Fodder for Female Empowerment
Akachi Ezeigbo, University of Lagos, Nigeria, Siddon Look or Go-Getter: Generation Gap in Nigerian
Women’s Writings
Angela Fubara, Rivers State University of Science and Technology, Port Harcourt, Nigeria,
Figures of Pedagogy in Emecheta’s Double Yoke and Aidoo’s Changes
Regina Amollo, A Season of Mirth
Panel: Issues in Francophone Writing, Fox Room
Chair: Moradewun Adejunmobi, University of California, Davis
Participants: Wandia Njoya, Pennsylvania State University, The Monster We Must Embrace: Poverty
in Aminata Sow Fall’s La Grève des Battus
Moradewun Adejunmobi, University of California, Davis, Popular Literatures and Popular Literacies
in West Africa
H. Adlai Murdoch, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Writing the “Moi:”
Departmentalization and Cultural Identity in the French Caribbean
Panel: Black Women’s Bodily Images, Cardinal/Oak Room
Chair: Natasha Gordon-Chipembere, University of South Africa
Participants: Sola Olorunyomi, University of Ibadan, Nigeria, Sex and That Mutant Called “Text”:
In Search of the Bodily Literary
Natasha Gordon-Chipembere, University of South Africa, The Legacy of Sarah Baartman in the
Discourse on the Black Body Politic of the 21st Century
Laura Fish, University of Newcastle, UK, The Black Woman in the Mirror
Onyeka Iwuchukwu, National Open University of Nigeria, Who Am I? Identity Crises of the
Blackwoman in Tess Onwueme’s Riot in Heaven and The Missing Face
Panel: The Promise of a New World: The District Commissioner in African Literature and
Cinema, Western Room
Chair: Onookome Okome, University of Alberta
Participants: Onookome Okome, University of Alberta, The “Other Woman” and the Cinema of
Empire: Sanders of the River and Mister Johnson
Francis Aribia, Cross Rivers University of Science and Technology, Calabar, Nigeria
Harry Garuba, University of Cape Town, South Africa
Pius Adesamni, Carlton University, Ottawa, Canada
Celestine Bassey, University of Calabar, Nigeria
Panel: Women, Patriarchy and Gender, Illinois Room
Chair: Shazia Rahman, Western Illinois University
Participants: Donald M. Morales, Mercy College, A Cross Cultural View of Female Characters in
Recent Fiction by Roy, Ali, Adichie, Danticat and Smith
Ramonu Sanusi, George Mason University, Fatou Keita/Regina Yaou and the Re-definition of African
Cultural and Patriarchal Ethos: Rebelle and Le Prix de la revolte
Joyce Dixon-Fyle, DePauw University, Women, Polygamy and Aids in Contemporary Francophone
Fiction. A reading of Sidagamie by Abibatou Traore
Nonyelum Chibulo Mba, University of Abuja, Nigeria, Women's quest for self-actualization in a
patriarchal society: the fiction of Akachi Ezeigbo, Kaine Agary & Tanure Ojaide
Oral Performers and Traditional Metaphors: Why I Sing What I Sing! What I Drum About!
DuSable Room
Chair: Adeleke Adeeko, Ohio State University
Performers: Jaigbade Alao, Dadakuada Performer
Sani Dandawo, Waka Performer
Adebisi Adeleke, Iyaalu Drummer
Papa Susso, singer and his traditional African performers group
Isiaka Ayinla (Alias Easy Kabaka), Were/Fuji performer
3:00 – 4:30pm African Literature Resources for K-12 Teachers, Macomb Jr/Sr High School
Phanuel Egejuru, Loyola University, New Orleans; and Pamela Smith, University of Nebraska,
4:45 – 6:30pm TRACALA – General Membership Business Meeting, DuSable Room
TRACALA Executive – Wangui wa Goro; Pamela Smith, Tomi Adeaga,
Phanuel Egejuru
4:00 – 5:45pm Concurrent Panels
Performance: Traditional African Guitar, Sandburg Theatre
Presenters: Olateju Adesida, Northwestern
Papa Susso, singer and his traditional African performers group
Isiaka Ayinla, Were/Fuji with Adebisi Adeleke, Yoruba drummer
Writers’ Panel IV: Production and Distribution of Writings on/about Africa, Cardinal/Oak
Chair: Akin Adesokan, Indiana University, Bloomington
Participants: Akin Adesokan, Adewale Maja-Pearce, Patrice Nganang, Sarah Ladipo Manyika,
Valerie Tagwira, and Chika Unigwe
Panel: The New Challenge and Direction of South African Women Writers seeking for their
Cultural Identity, Lincoln Room
Chair: Thelma Pinto, Hobart and William Smith Colleges
Participants: Keiko Kusunose, Kyoto Seika University, Japan, The new Challenge of Cultural Identity
in Zoe Wicomb
Thelma Pinto, Hobart and William Smith Colleges, The New Trends of South African Literature
Toshiko Sakamoto, Ritumeikan University, Japan, TBA
Huma Ibrahim, Zayed University, Gender and Identity in African Literature
Panel: Women’s Rights in Adichie’s Purple Hibiscus, Western Room
Chair: Chimalum Nwankwo, North Carolina State A&T University
Participants: P. O. Balogun, University of llorin, Reinvention of Feminist Aesthetics: A Study of
Chimammanda Adichie’s Purple Hibiscus
Halimat Sekula, Women, Work and Interpersonal Relationships in Contemporary Nigerian Fiction
---- Women Right’s Violation as Portrayed in Seffi Atta’s Everything Good Will Come and Chimamanda
Adichie’s Purple Hibiscus
Panel: Oral Performance Art and Artifact, Illinois Room
Chair: Peter D. Quella, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Participants: Peter D. Quella, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Theorizing the Oral in African
Literature: Two Sesotho Tales and their Written History
Isiakaka Zubair Aliagan, University of Ilorin, Nigeria, The Communicative and Literary Value of Ilorin
Traditional Waka: An Example of Ibrahim Alabi Labaika’s Oral Poetry.
Faleye A. Adeola, Obafemi Awolowo University, Nigeria, In-road of Women into Male Dominated
Orarure Performances: the Theatrics of Bàrímádé, Fátímò, Àjoké, Ìyábò Ósánlé and Ayó Balógun as Icons
Fatima Binta Ibrahim, University of Ilorin, Nigeria, INDIGENOUS CHANTS: A Study of the
Essence of Enibatati (Fishermen Chants) among the Nupe People of Patigi, Nigeria
Panel: Theatre for Development, Traditional Metaphors, Artifacts and Art in Africa, Fox
Chair: F. Odun Balogun, Delaware State University
Participants: Dale Byam, Brooklyn College, From the corner of the I- The Impeding flight of Papa Bois
Ann Armstrong Scarboro, Mosaic Media, Boulder, CO, The Fusion of Roots, Artifacts and Art in the
Creation of Martinique’s Victor Anicet
Joy Wrolson, University of Kansas, All Systems Out of Order: Theater for Development or Panic Theatre
in Zimbabwe during the Murambatsvina
Panel: The Hazards of Teaching African Literature: African Literature in World and
Postcolonial Literature, University Room
Chair: Ngwarsungu Chiwengo, Creighton University
Participants: Lokangaka Losambe, University of Vermont, Teaching African Literature as World
Omofolabo Ajayi-Soyinka, University of Kansas, Postcolonial Petrified: African Literature in the 21st
Felix Ulombe Kaputu, School of Humanities, Purchase College, Teaching African Literature in the
American College
Aaron Eastley, Brigham Young University, Poisonous to Europeans: Henry Stanley and the
Contaminated Congo of Heart of Darkness
Panel: Scenes of Algeria: In Honor of Alek Baylee Toumi, Violet Room
Chair: Anne Carlson, Southern Illinois University
Participants: Anne Carlson, Southern Illinois University, De Beauvoir à beau voile: interrogating
Algerian women’s rights
Michèle Chossat, Seton Hill University, From Cultural Dictatorship to Cultural Diversity: Resistance in
Toumi’s Work
Panel: On The Abolition of Slavery: A Multi-Genre Literary Approach, Heritage Room
Co-Chairs: Eustace Palmer & Abioseh Michael Porter
Participants: Patrick Bernard, Franklin & Marshall College, Magical Realism and History in Syl
Cheney-Coker’s The Last Harmattan of Alusine Dunbar
Ernest Cole, University of Connecticut, Lemuel Johnson’s Highlife for Caliban: A Re-Assessment
Eustace Palmer, Georgia College & State University, Confrontation with his Ancestry: Slavery and the
Poetry of Syl Cheney-Coker
Abioseh Michael Porter, Drexel University, History, Poetry, Fiction, and Film Coming Together to
Correct Some Major Lies in Contemporary Form: Human Freedom and the Abolition of the Slave Trade
Writers’ Panel V: Sefi Atta, Chimamanda Adieche and Chukwumeka Ike – Readings,
Sullivan Taylor Coffee House, Macomb Square
Chair: Thelma Pinto, ALA President
5:00 – 6:30pm Graduate Student Caucus Mixer, Malpass Library Faculty Lounge
Issues Committee Meeting, Sandburg Lounge
6:00 – 7:30pm Evening Sessions
Roundtable: Sembene Memorial, Grand Ball Room
Chair: Seletta Boyd
Participants: Seletta Boyd, Francoise Pfaff, Ken Harrow, Manthia Diawara, Sada Niang, Mbye
Cham, Abiola Irele
7:30pm – 9:30pm Special Presentation of Ezra, (Newton I. Aduaka, 2007— Grand Prize –
Etalon de Yennega, INALCO Award and UNFPA Award; Humanitas Prize; Best Film
award of the Durban Festival) & World Premier of Life in Slow Motion (Tunde Kelani,
2008 –- Multi Award Winning Director. Actor in Tears of the Sun (2003), Director of
Thunderbolt (2001), Grand Ball Room
9:30 – 10:30pm Performances
Folktale Performance, Heritage Room
Facilitator: Niyi Afolabi, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
(Open to all interested performers)
Performance in Movement and Dance, Grand Ball Room
Liberty in West Africa: Cultural Movements of Independence
Director, Karen Martino, University of Rochester
Friday, 25 April
7:00 – 10:00am ALA Executive Board Meeting, Algonquin Room
8:30 – 10:30am TRACALA Executive Meeting, Days Inn Meeting Room
8:00 – 9:45am Concurrent Panels
Roundtable: African Film Directors/Producers in the Global Century, Room: Sandburg
Co-Chairs: Janice Welsch, Western Illinois University; Jude G. Akudinobi, University of
California, Santa Barbara
Participants: Tunde Kelani, Newton Aduaka, Manthia Diawara, Awam Amkpa
Panel: The Postcolonial Body I, Lincoln Room
Chair: G. Oty Agbajoh-Laoye, Monmouth University
Participants: Chinyere Nwahunahya, University of Nigeria Nsukka, Jagua Nana’s Children:
Prostitutes in Post-Colonial African Literature”
Felicity Palmer, Columbia University, “A Kinship of Desire:” The landscape of Liberation in Yvonne
Vera’s The Stone Virgins
G. Oty Agbajoh-Laoye, Monmouth University, West Long Branch, NJ, Bodies of Experience,
Historical Re/Mapping, and Sites of Oppression/Resistance in Selected Literature by African Writers
Workshop: African Literature Resources for Teaching (Part IV), Springfield Capital Room
Facilitator: Helen Mugambi, California State, Fullerton
French Language Panel 2, Kaskaskia Capital Room
Chair: Andre Djiffack, University of Oregon
Participants: Cecile Kyriakos, University of Colorado, Assia Djebar’s Ombre Sultane and La
femme sans Sepulture: the Canon of the One Thousand and one Voice or the narrators’ transmission
Marie-Magdeleine Chirol, Whittier College, Echo et Abyme dans Moi et mon blanc de Pierre Yameogo
Andre Djiffack, University of Oregon, Bolya Baenga: la polyandrie comme antidote à la polygamie
Mohammed Saidu Kabia, Virginia State University, Convergence et divergence de la durée et du temps
chez Mongo Beti et Emmaneul Matateyou
Panel: Women in Aidoo and Ezeigbo, Cardinal/Oak Room
Chair: A. Sackeyfio, Winston Salem State University
Participants: Rose A. Sackeyfio, Winston Salem State University, Damned if you do, Damned if you
don’t: Victimhood and Agency in the Works of Ama Ata Aidoo
Idom T. Inyabri, University of Calabar, Gendered History and Memory in Akachi Adimora Ezeigbo’s
The Last of the Strong Ones, House of Symbols and Children of the Eagle.
Onuora Benedict Nweke, University of Lagos, The New African Woman and Identity Crisis in Ama
Ata Aidoo’s Changes: A Love Story and Akachi Ezeigbo’s Children of Eagle
Panel: Gender, Sexuality, and Cultural Identity in Tess Onwueme's Plays, Board Room
Chair: Maureen N. Eke, Central Michigan University
Participants: Kanika Batra, Texas Tech University, Staging Feminisms: Surrogate Masculinity and
Political Power in Tess
Romanus Muonoye, University of St. Thomas, Bridging the Atlantic: The Semiotics of Ritual
Reunification in Tess Onwueme’s The Missing Face
Maureen N. Eke, Central Michigan University, Gender and Sexuality in Tess Onwueme's Tell It to
Women and Shakara: Dance Hall Queen
Respondent: Tess Onwueme, University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire
Panel: West African Francophone Discourses: HampâtéBâ, Kourouma, and C. N. Kane,
DuSable Room
Chair: Carrol F. Coates, Binghamton University, NY
Participants: Carrol F. Coates, Binghamton University, NY,
Jean Ouedraogo, Plattsburg State University, NY, Langue du pouvoir du langage: les interprètes chez
Kourouma et Hampâté Bâ
Monika Brodnicka, Binghamton University, NY, A philosophical View of Sufism: Tierno Bokar
(Ahmadou Hampâté Bâ)
Cheikh Thiam, Binghamton University, NY, Movement Heterogeneity, and Otherness in Cheikh
Hamidou Kane’s Ambiguous Adventure
Technology Workshop Presentation II: Digitally connected globe: African literature, culture and
performance, Heritage Room
Chair: Mark L Lilleleht, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Presenter: Mohammed Hamid Mohammed, Intel
Title: Digital Harambe: Telling African Stories in 0’s and 1’s to a Generation of Netters
10:00 – 11:45am Concurrent Panels
Graduate Student Caucus Panel: Getting Published: Advice fro

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