Journalist and author Okey Ndibe will speak at our Annual Meeting and Dinner on Wednesday, October 8, 2014. The title of his talk will be Does Nigeria Have a Fighting Chance Against Boko Haram? The event will take place at the Springfield Sheraton and will begin with a cash bar reception at 6:00 p.m. with dinner and the program at 6:30 p.m. The cost is $45 per person. Call 413-733-0110 to register or click here.
Dr. Ndibe is a novelist, political columnist, and essayist. After a career as a magazine editor in Nigeria, he moved to the US in 1988 to be the founding editor of African Commentary, an award-winning magazine published by the Nigerian novelist, Chinua Achebe. He has published essays in a number of North American, British and Nigerian magazines and writes a weekly column for The Guardian, Nigeria’s most respected daily newspaper. He holds both an MFA in writing and a PhD from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Ndibe taught at several colleges, including Connecticut College, Bard College at Simon’s Rock, Trinity College (Hartford), and currently Brown University. He is a regular columnist for NEXT and Sahara Reporters and also contributes to many other publications, including The Hartford Courant, The Fabian Society Journal, Black Issues Book Review, and BBC Online.
His first novel Arrows of Rain, will be reissued in the fall and his second novel, Foreign Gods, Incorporated—described by critics as “razor-sharp” and “a morality tale for our time”—was published by SOHO Press in 2014. (We are hoping both books will be available for purchase at the event.)