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ENRICH-0728 – Lit/Cult Zoom: Nigeria (ENRICH-0728_AFRI)

Africa: A Nigerian Biography

Considering its population (the largest in Africa), its economy (also the largest in Africa), and other factors, Nigeria (“the giant of Africa”) is one of Africa’s most important countries. It’s also home to more than two hundred ethnic groups and languages, a reflection of Africa’s remarkable diversity. With three secession attempts, a three-year civil war, significant corruption regardless (or because) of its oil, some fascinating creative voices as well as sounds, and the second-largest film industry in the world (Nollywood), Nigeria exemplifies Africa’s problems, accomplishments and potential.

As complex as the story of Nigeria is, its appreciation has been considerably eased by Africa’s most popular novelist, Chinua Achebe, who has written about almost every significant phase of Nigeria’s development. Discussing Achebe’s works, especially Things Fall Apart and Anthills of the Savannah, can illuminate the story of Nigeria and introduce you to modern African literature.

In this four-part course, English professor Maik Nwosu covers the expanse of pre-colonial African history to the specifics of modern Nigerian history and culture, with special focus on Achebe’s novels; the past and present (as well as the possible future) of Nollywood cinema; and the noteworthy Nigerian diaspora all over the world. Please note: Students are required to read either of two novels by Achebe: Things Fall Apart or Anthills of the Savannah.

Four Zoom sessions
Mon., Feb. 13, 20, 27, Mar. 6, 2023, 6:30-8:30 pm MT

Maik Nwosu is a professor of English and chair of the Department of English and Literary Arts at the University of Denver. His research areas include African, African diaspora, post-colonial and world literatures; semiotics and critical theory. He received the Nigeria Media Merit Award for Journalist of the Year and holds a PhD from Syracuse University.
Course Details
Location: University ParkMode of Study: OnlinePlaces Left: 18Waitlist Places Left: 10Fee: $140


Days of the WeekStart DateEnd DateTimeVenueInstructor
Monday13th February 20236th March 202306:30PM - 08:30PMN/AMichael Maik Nwosu