Nigerian Princess shares her stories for Greenwich Reads

This year’s Greenwich Reads Together book selection is Americanah, by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, a story of race and identity that unfolds against three continents, chronicling a contemporary Nigerian woman’s immigrant experience in America.

Nigerian Princess Omaa Adaobi Ume-Ezeoke

Nigerian Princess Omaa Adaobi Ume-Ezeoke

As part of the town-wide program, guest speaker Nigerian Princess Omaa Adaobi Ume-Ezeoke will share stories that reflect traditional Igbo world views on the roles of women in the contexts of family, marriage and work on Thursday, October 22, 7-8 p.m., Greenwich Historical Society, Vanderbilt Education Center, 39 Strickland Road, Cos Cob. She will talk about their impact on women’s roles today as depicted in Adichie’s book Americanah.

The speaker is a visual and performing artist, as well as a storyteller of Igbo folktales. Her experiences from the 1967-70 Nigeria-Biafra civil war constitute an important influence on her work. She contributed to the reader Pearls of Wisdom and co-curated the exhibition Producing Histories: African Art at the Housatonic Museum of Art. Ume-Ezeoke is the founding president of the Igbo Women’s Association of Bridgeport.

The program is co-sponsored with the Greenwich Library. It is free and open to all; no registration required.

For more information visit greenwichhistory.org or call 203-869-6899.

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