50 Years of African Writing: Novels, Filmmaking, Criticism

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50 Years of African Writing: Novels, Filmmaking, Criticism

Fifty Years of African Writing: Novels, Filmmaking, Criticism:  A lecture series coordinated by Professor Francoise Lionnet

Monday, February 14, 2011;  4:30 PM – 6:30 PM @ UCLA, Los Angeles, CA 90095

From Chinua Achebe’s Things Fall Apart to contemporary screenwriting, from the continent to the diaspora, the dynamism of African creators keeps pace with the global transformations of culture. This series will feature an expatriate filmmaker with a unique comedic talent, a Francophone novelist-autobiographer, and a critic whose editorial work at the helm of the premier journal in the field shapes future trends.

Pascal Atuma, a Nigerian actor, comedian, screenwriter, director and producer is the scheduled expatriate filmmaker speaker for this event at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). When we “Golden Icons” asked Pascal on his thoughts with regards to this speech, here is what he had to say.

“My topic is NOLLYWOOD-THE EAGLE OF AFRICAN CINEMA and I feel very blessed, privileged and honored to be mentioned in the same sentence alongside people like “Chinua Achebe” and the other speakers, it is a dream come true to be mentioned amongst this class of great Africans, I am very grateful to God.”

“It is a beautiful thing anytime you get a chance to represent your country, talkless your entire continent in any event, with this one, I am representing our country Nigeria and the entire continent of Africa, it feels really good, I am excited”

“You know the funniest thing about it is that my first audition in Los Angeles as a professional actor was in UCLA back in 2002. I auditioned for a UCLA film graduate (Robert DeoCampo) for a movie called “Accidental Life”, and I booked it, my first film, and now I am going back there to speak as a bonafide expatriate filmmaker and to showcase one of my films “My American Nurse 2”,so I feel like I have come a full circle, and guess what? I have not started the real game yet, but all I can say is “TO GOD BE THE GLORY”


Pascal Atuma

Monday, February 14
314 Royce Hall 4:30pm
Nigerian actor, comedian, screenwriter, director and producer, Only in America (2005), My American Nurse (2005), Hurricane in the Rose Garden (2009), among others.

Ken Bugul, (Mariètou Mbaye Biléoma)

Tuesday, February 22
10383 Bunche Hall 4:30pm
Senegalese Francophone novelist Author of The Abandoned Baobab (1982), La folie et la mort (2000), Mes hommes à moi (2008), among others.

Kwaku Larbi Korang

Monday February 28
10383 Bunche Hall 4:30pm
Editor, Research in African Literature Comparative Literature, Ohio State University Author of Writing Ghana, Imagining Africa: Nation and African Modernity (2004)

Cost: Free and open to the public.

Special Instructions

Pay-by-space and all-day ($10) parking available in lot 3.

For more information please contact

UCLA African Studies Center Tel: 310-825-3686

Monday, February 14, 2011
4:30 PM – 6:30 PM
Los Angeles, CA 90095



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