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Ibekwe Chinweizu lectures at the University of Connecticut

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  • 1980 October 15 and 1980 October 28


Poet and journalist Ibekwe Chinweizu delivered 2 lectures in 1980. He spoke on 4/15/1980 (2015-0002/RR117) and again on 10/28/1980 (2015-0002/RR118).

Biographical / Historical

Chinweizu is a Nigerian critic, poet, essayist and journalist. In Nigeria, Chinweizu attended the Government Secondary School, Afikpo, and then made his way to the United States where he attended the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and State University of New York, Buffalo, where he would earn his PhD. During his time studying in the US, Chinweizu became influenced by the philosophy of the Black Arts Movement. Out of this influence Chinweizu began to be very critical of the Wests colonialization of Africa, as well as elitism and bourgeoisie in the West and its past or present colonies.

Chinweizu's most well-known publications on his thoughts are The West and the Rest of Us: White Predators, Black Slavers, and the African Elite; Energy Crisis and other Poems; Toward the Decolonization of African Literature, Vol. 1: African Fiction and Poetry and Their Critics; Invocations and Admonitions: 49 poems and a triptych of parables; Decolonising the African Mind; Voices from Twentieth Century Africa: Griots and Towncriers; Anatomy of Female Power: A Masculinist Dissection of Matriarchy.

Existence and Location of Originals

Original audio recordings reside in the University of Connecticut, Black Experience in the Arts Collection, Archives & Special Collections, UConn Library.

Repository Details

Part of the Archives and Special Collections, University of Connecticut Library Repository

University of Connecticut Library
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