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Bramwell Osula to lead discussion of No Longer at Ease on November 12

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 harohen@regent.edu. 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.

Coming Book Club Event:

Friday, December 17th: Life and Holiness, by Thomas Merton (guest moderator: Dr. Corné Bekker)

Bramwell Osula to lead discussion of Things Fall Apart on November 17

Igbo MaskWritten by Harold Henkel, Associate Librarian

On November 17, Dr. Bramwell Osula will lead a discussion of Things Fall Apart, by Nigerian author Chinua Achebe. The novel, first published in 1958, is recognized as one of the great African novels. The book is a powerful story about an Igbo warrior on the eve of British colonization and the establishment of Christian missions in the 1880s. Achebe’s father was among the first Igbo to become a Christian, and many of the details of the primitive church in Nigeria are no doubt based on his reminiscences.

Dr. Osula is Assistant Professor of leadership in the School of Global Leadership & Entrepreneurship. He first read Things Fall Apart while attending boarding school in Nigeria. Among his professional interests are global leadership and cross-cultural analyses, so he is a uniquely qualified guide to Achebe’s masterpiece.

If you possibly can fit the book into your schedule (it is only around 150 pages), don’t miss this unique opportunity to read one of the great world novels of the twentieth century. Both of the Library’s copies are currently checked out, but the book is available very inexpensively from Half.com.

Our discussion of Things Fall Apart will take place in the Library on November 17 at 12:00. For more information on this and other Library literature events, contact Harold Henkel at 352-4198 or harohen@regent.edu.