Maaza Mengiste to Feature in NYU Accra’s “Labone Dialogues” Series

The Ethiopian novelist’s event is themed “Forgotten Heroines & Tomorrow’s Sheroes.”
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Maaza Mengiste by Nina Subin.

Maaza Mengiste by Nina Subin.

The Ethiopian novelist Maaza Mengiste will appear on “Labone Dialogues,” a conversation series hosted by New York University Accra. The event is themed “Forgotten Heroines & Tomorrow’s Sheroes.”

NYU Accra, a study site of New York University’s Office of Global Education, says that “Labone Dialogues” is “a community initiative created to facilitate key discussions on politics, culture, business, environment, education—and more. The series convenes prominent experts of various perspectives to discuss captivating matters in front of students and the general public at NYU Accra.” In October, “Labone Dialogues” featured the Nigerian novelist and journalist Abubakar Adam Ibrahim. The NYU Accra director is the award-winning memoirist Chike Frankie Edozien.

Mengiste was on the cover of Open Country Mag in January. The cover story traces her journey as a writer and how she is reframing Ethiopian history. Her two novels are Beneath the Lion’s Gaze (2010) and The Shadow King (2019), which was a finalist for the 2020 Booker Prize.

Event Details

Date: Thursday, December 9, 2021.

Venue: NYU Accra Gardens.

Time: 4:30 PM.

It will be streamed on NYU Accra’s Facebook and YouTube pages.

Uzoma Ihejirika
Uzoma Ihejirika is a staff writer at Open Country Mag. He is a staff writer at Folio Nigeria. He is an editor for the AfroAnthology Series and a copy editor for Minority Africa. His writing has appeared or is forthcoming on Lolwe, Music in Africa, and Bakwa Magazine, and can also be found on Medium.

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