The Morehouse College, Atlanta, in the United States of America, will on the 17th of March, 2016, stream a live conversation with renowned writer Ayi Kwei Armah. The event will also link-in additional audiences in Senegal and remote sites, beginning with the University of Ghana, Legon and the University of Massachusetts, Boston.
The conversation is titled A Global Conversation: The Healers by Ayi Kwei Armah. Healing Africa, Healing African America. It will be facilitated by John Silvanus Wilson, the President of Morehouse College.
In a one-on-one dialogue with Ayi Kwei Armah, streamed live from his home in Senegal and projected on the big screen for a live Morehouse audience, Dr.Wilson will explore with Mr. Armah themes from The Healers, and his writings since the publication of that book. The Global Conversation is aimed at discussing the perception that higher education is failing in its mission to prepare American, African American and African youth for life. The discussion will center around fostering a conscious sense of identity in the youth for success .
Date: 17th March, 2016
Venue: Institute of African Studies, University of Ghana, Nketia Conference Hall
Time: 2:30pm GMT
ABOUT THE AUTHOR.
Ayi Kwei Armah is a contemporary Ghanaian novelist who, for a period of more than four decades, has stayed vocal and consistent against Western education and its legacy in the continent of Africa. His debut novel, The Beautyful Ones Are Not Yet Born (1968), has established him as a major African writer along with Chinua Achebe, Wọlé Sọyínká and Ngũgi ̃ Wa Thiong’o. Armah pays a special attention to the ways in which intellectual characters (not common individuals) conceive of themselves as Africans. For Armah, an intellectual renaissance in Africa cannot be generated unless authentic African intellectuals combat the Eurocentric and potentially destructive reflexes that shape and define Neo-colonial schools.