The Project on African Expressive Traditions (POAET)
& ArtsWeek 2008

The Poet & the Emperor:
Power and the Arts in Nigeria & Beyond

February 25, 2008 Lilly Library

5:00pm - A Reading by Akin Adesokan

Nigerian novelist, journalist and IU Comparative Literature professor Adesokan will read from his 2004 debut novel, Roots in the Sky. Fellow journalist and scholar, Harvard Professor Biodun Jeyifo will respond.

6:30pm - Reception & Exhibit of works by Professors Adesokan & Jeyifo

7:15pm - A Conversation with Akin Adesokan & Biodun Jeyifo

Akin Adesokan and Biodun Jeyifo, both writers, scholars, activists and outspoken critics of the oppressive Nigerian regimes from the 1980's to the present, will discuss issues of writing, the state, and politics in Nigeria, Africa, and beyond.

Akin Adesokan worked for many years as a journalist, beginning with The Guardian (Lagos), and the initially clandestine newsmagazine, TEMPO. Following his political detention in Nigeria, he won the PEN Freedom-to-Write Award (1998) and the Hellman/Hammett Award from Human Rights Watch (1999). Roots in the Sky won the Association of Nigerian Authors' prize for Fiction in 1996. He is co-editor of the Lagos-based journal, Glendora Review.

Biodun Jeyifo, Professor of Literature & African Studies at Harvard and Cornell Universities, is a pre-eminent scholar of African literatures, a journalist and long-time political activist. He publishes widely on African drama, the postcolonial predicament, and Marxist theory.

POAET thanks the IU African Studies Program & the Lilly Library for their support of this event.