Paula Uimonen, Associate Professor, Department of Social Anthropology, Stockholm University

Efuru@50. A celebration of Flora Nwapa, pioneer of African women literature

In 1966 Flora Nwapa published Efuru, the first internationally published novel by an African woman writer. 50 years later, the novel was celebrated in 5 cities across Nigeria: Lagos, Maiduguri, Abuja, Enugu and Owerri. This documentary film captures Efuru@50, with keynotes, papers, dramas and quizzes. Eloquent statements by well-known writers and leading scholars are combined with live performances of dance, drama and poetry. The Efuru@50 event shows the continued relevance of Flora Nwapa’s efforts to portray the strengths of African womanhood, while challenging oppressive patriarchal structures. The film features distinguished writers like Zaynab Alkali, Bolanle Awe and Akachi Ezeigbo as well as Flora Nwapa's children Ejine Nzeribe, Uzoma Nwakuche, and Amede Nzeribe. Their reflections show the lasting legacy of Flora Nwapa and Efuru on African women writers in their efforts to empower women. The film is based on ethnographic research by Paula Uimonen, digital anthropologist at Stockholm University, Sweden. It builds on her research on African Women Writers, which is part of a research program on World Literatures coordinated by Stockholm University (see Filmed in Nigeria, the documentary was produced by Paula Uimonen and Yaki Bozi in Tanzania (2017). For more information see Screening of the film (29 minutes) will be followed by a discussion on the use of film in collaborative anthropological research, from practicalities to ethics.

Paula Uimonen specializes in digital anthropology and anthropology of art, visual culture, media and globalization.

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