Award-winning Nigerian writer and filmmaker, Onyeka Nwelue is developing a documentary on Nigerian Nobel Laureate, Wole Soyinka, titled, “Wole Soyinka: A God and the Biafrans”.
The project which, according to Nwelue, was started in 2004 when he was 16, and is being developed at The Cooper Gallery, Hutchins Center for African & African American Research, Havard University as part of the Wole Soyinka Fellowship.
The thirty-year-old filmmaker and professor noted that the documentary film traces Wole Soyinka’s involvement with the Igbo people and how this led to his twenty-two month incarceration in solitary confinement for supporting the Biafran secessionists. It celebrates the African Icon who has been a voice against injustice and oppression.
Onyeka Nwelue is a cultural entrepreneur, author, filmmaker, and professor perhaps best known for his novel The Abyssinian Boy, which won the TM Aluko Prize for Fiction and came second at the Ibrahim Tahir Prize for First Book. He is presently an assistant professor and Visiting Fellow of African Literature and Studies at the English Language Department of the Faculty of Humanities, Manipur University in Imphal, India, as well as Research Fellow at the Center for International Studies, Ohio University, in Athens, Ohio.
A preview of the film will take place on July 13th at Harvard University.
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