Igbo Studies Association Newsletter, Vol 2, No 1, Winter 2015March 23, 2015

    Ndi ISA,

    Ekele dịrị ụnụ. Ọ bụrụ mụ onwe m nnukwute ihe obi añụrị iweputere ụnụ agba nke abụọ nke akwụkwọ mgbasa ozi ndị Igbo Studies Association (ISA).

    N’afọ 2014, anyị hiwere usoro ibipute akwụkwọ mgbasa ozi nke anyị kpọrọ ISA Newsletter na bekee. E bum n’obi ya bụ inye ndị ISA ọtụtụ uzọ dị iche iche ga-eme ka ọha n’eze mata ntọala, atụmatụ, na nnyocha ha na-eme na mahadum, yana ebe ndị ọzọ dị iche iche ha na-alụ ọlụ. Ekele m na-agara mmadụ niile gbara mbọ maka ịhụ n’anyị wetere ụnụ agba nke mbụ nke akwụkwọ mgbasa ozi a, n’ọnwa Nọvemba afọ 2014.

    Obi dị m ụtọ ibiputere ụnụ agba nke izizi ISA Newsletter nke afọ 2015. N’abga nke mbụ a, ụnụ na-enwete ụdịrị ozi dị iche iche. Anyị wetere ụnụ ozi maka akwụkwọ dị iche iche ndị otu anyị biputere ọhụrụ. Ụnụ ga-agụ edemede maka atụmatụ, yana ihe nnyocha dị iche iche ndị otu anyị na-eme n’ebe dị iche iche. E nwere ihe E.C. Ejiogu dere maka otu ọchịchị Mohammadu Buhari siri megbu ndị Igbo. Jonathan Chimakonam dere maka ochịchị n’ala Igbo. Kelechi Isiodu na-akọwa mkpa ọ dị ịna-ebipute akwụkwọ m’ọ bụ ịna-edegharị akwụkwọ n’asụsụ Igbo. Victor Williamson dere maka nyocha ọ naeme banyere iji Igbo na Yoruba ede ihe n’ama saịba.

    Okey Ndibe is the author of the novels Foreign Gods, Inc. and Arrows of Rain, and co-editor (with Zimbabwean writer Chenjerai Hove) of Writers Writing on Conflicts and Wars in Africa. Janet Maslin of the New York Times as well as Philadelphia Inquirer, Cleveland Plain Dealer, and Mosaic magazine named Foreign Gods, Inc. one of the 10 best books of 2014.

    The novel was also included in National Public Radio’s list of best books of 2014. Ndibe earned MFA and PhD degrees from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and has taught at Brown University in Providence, RI, Trinity College in Hartford, CT (where the student newspaper named him one of 15 professors students should take classes with before graduating), Simon’s Rock College in Great Barrington, MA (where he won a new faculty teaching award), Connecticut College in New London, CT (where the student newspaper included him on a list of “five outstanding professors”), and the University of Lagos (as a Fulbright scholar).

    Igbo Studies Association Newsletter, Vol 1, No 1, Fall 2014November 8, 2014

    Dear Members,

    I am delighted to introduce the first edition of ISA Newsletter! I hope your semester is going well. I wish you the best for the rest of the academic year!

    I hope that you will enjoy this maiden issue of ISA Newsletter, which aims to keep you abreast of important issue and events concerning the association as well as our members. The current issue includes interesting articles, research reports and other activities by our members. The success of the newsletter will depend on your contributions in the forms of short articles and commentaries. We will also appreciate your comments and suggestions for future issues.

    The ISA executive is proud to announce that a committee has been set up to work out the modalities for the establishment of an ISA book prize/award. Dr Raphael Njoku is leading the committee and we expect that the initiative will be approved at the next annual general meeting.

    NKEIRUKA can be seen as an existentialist philosophy, which proffers that rather than to succumb to the absurdity of life, its drudgery and routinery, it is better to give it a meaning by confronting the challenges inherent in it, the least of which is not despair. That challenge is what will give life its essence, and therefore its meaning. We must transcend our human condition by fully engaging it. We cannot run away from our shadows.

    Indeed, indeed. But not forgotten. Indeed his light will continue to burn—and as the years progress, ever brighter. He leaves a great heritage. Tis a world heritage. May the ancestors welcome him to the High Table—Ohadike, Kalu, Adiele Afigbo and so many others—all will be there to lift him up; to laugh and to labour too for us left behind in this ever-troubled earthly firmament. And so he enters a glorious eternity. Powerful spirits with powerful messages for all humanity. We celebrate his spirit, and those of our brothers he now joins.

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