Perspectives from Africa: Ndibe, Okupe, and Omotoso

Fri. March 24, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM


100 5th Street NE, Charlottesville, VA 22902

Hosted by: Tom Tom Founders Festival


Okey Ndibe (Never Look an American in the Eye), Roye Okupe (E.X.O. – The Legend of Wale Williams), and Yewande Omotoso (The Woman Next Door) discuss how Africa influences the unique perspectives that they bring to their writing and creative work.

Why should you attend?

“Okey Ndibe is a natural raconteur, and his tales of coming to America are winsome and lyrical and absorbing. But within lies a larger narrative: about the education of a new American—and a writer’s power to span continents in his imagination.”—Joshua Wolf Shenk, author of Lincoln’s Melancholy

“Fans of comic books, graphic novels, and animation no longer have to look beyond the shores of the continent (Africa) for superhero characters that they can idolize. Rather they can look to E.X.O.“—Ventures Africa

“Omotoso captures the changing racial relations since the 1950s, as well as the immigrant experience through personal detail and small psychological insights into mixed emotions, the artist’s eye, and widow’s remorse. Hers is a fresh voice as adept at evoking the peace of walking up a kopje as the cruelty of South Africa’s past.”―Publishers Weekly