Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Onyeka Nwelue's 'The House Of Nwapa' Premieres In Harare

Nigerian filmmaker and writer, Onyeka Nwelue has premiered his documentary film, The House of Nwapa. The premiere took place on Sunday, August 28th, 2016 at the International Images Film Festival for Women (IIFF) in Harare, Zimbabwe.

The film is a string of narratives and interviews about Flora Nwapa who is arguably Africa’s first female novelist. Her first book, Efuru will be 50 years this year.

This is what Nobel Laureate, Wole Soyinka had to say about the film: “I feel really stimulated by the work Nwelue is doing on Flora Nwapa, a 'missing' figure in the overall consciousness of our younger literati generation, so a documentary on her is long overdue.”

The House of Nwapa will show at the Lagos Book and Art Festival from the 10-13th November, 2016.

Nwelue is the President of La Cave Musik, a record label based in Paris, specializing in music from Africa and the Caribbean. He’s an Assistant Visiting Professor of African Studies at the University of Manipur and a Visiting Lecturer at the University of Hong Kong.

His first book, The Abyssinian Boy won the TM Aluko Aluko Prize for First Book of Fiction and Ibrahim Tahir Prize for Fiction. Burnt, his second book, has been translated into other languages, including Spanish and was released at the Cusco Book Fair in Peru. His latest book, Hip-Hop is Only for Children won the Creative Non-Fiction Book of the Year at the 2015 Nigerian Writers’ Awards. His forthcoming book is called The Voodooist: How Social Capitalists Achieve Dreams Without Money.

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