On Friday, November 12 at 12:00 in the Library Conference Room, Dr. Bramwell Osula will lead a discussion of No Longer at Ease, by Nigerian master writer Chinua Achebe. Please note that the meeting date has been changed from what was previously announced.
No Longer at Ease takes place during British colonial rule in Nigeria and tells the story of Obi Okonkwo, grandson of the protagonist of Achebe’s first novel, Things Fall Apart. After four years of university studies in England, Obi returns to Nigeria and finds he is “no longer at ease” in his homeland. The title of the novel comes from the closing lines of T. S. Eliot’s poem, The Journey of the Magi:
We returned to our places, these Kingdoms,
But no longer at ease here, in the old dispensation,
With an alien people clutching their gods.
I should be glad of another death.
Dr. Osula is Assistant Professor of Leadership in the School of Global Leadership & Entrepreneurship. He first read Chinua Achebe’s works while attending boarding school in Nigeria and has known the author for many years. Among his professional interests are global leadership and cross-cultural analyses, giving him a unique perspective on Achebe’s work.
No Longer at Ease is only about 140 pages long and is very easy to read. The Library currently has three copies available for check-out. If there are no copies remaining when you come to the Library, please contact Harold Henkel at firstname.lastname@example.org. Even if you are able to read only part of the novel, you won’t want to miss this chance to discuss one of Africa’s greatest writers with Dr. Osula.
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