F7
Publishing in Nigeria: where it all began

Convenors:
Olabode Ibironke (Michigan State University)
James Currey (Heinemann (1967-1984))
Chair:
James Currey
Stream:
Books, writing and education
Location:
G60
Start time:
13 September, 2006 at 9:00
Session slots:
1

Short abstract:

none

Long abstract:

This panel examines the history of contemporary literary publishing in Nigeria, starting with Mbari, which constituted one of the most vibrant publishing initiatives in Africa, focusing on the contributions of Ulli Beier, J. P. Clark, Wole Soyinka, Christopher Okigbo, among others. It also explores the intersection of the project of the African Writers Series with the Mbari enterprise, placing the work of Heinemann Educational Books in the context of all the other rival publishing which was being done- Hutchinson, Collins Fontana, Andre Deutsch, Longman and Nigerian publishing. The objective of the panel is to reflect on the larger socio-cultural impact of this history of literary production in Nigeria and how it served as a matrix and impetus for the emergence of modern African Literature.