The Arts

November 6, 2017

Akachi Adimora-Ezigbo, two others relive Fanny Coker’s memory

Akachi Adimora-Ezigbo, two others relive Fanny Coker’s memory

Akachi Adimora-Ezeigbo

By Chris Onuoha

Three female African writers – Ros Martin (UK), Akachi Adimora-Ezeigbo (Nigeria) and Vida Rawlins (St Kitts), in a creative unity, weaved a moving tale in a film in memory of Fanny (Fumnanya) Coker (1767-1820) titled “Daughters of Igbo woman” to mark her 250 birth anniversary and to commemorate the International Slavery Memorial Day.

Daughters of Igbo woman is a literary film that recaptures and renders the forgotten voices and lives of three generations of 18 century African women from one family permanently separated by the transatlantic slave trade. It is scheduled for screening at the Freedom Park on Monday November 13, 6:30pm as an extension of the Lagos Book & Arts Festival, LABAF 2017.

Akachi Adimora-Ezeigbo

The movie, a contribution to Journey to Justice Bristol programme to mark 2017 Black History Months (August – October) made an impressive tour of two memorial sites in Bristol UK – the Georgian House Museum, Greenbank Cemetery plus ‘the Bearpit’ in October.

In the movie, the first part of the trilogy opens with Prof. Akachi Adimora-Ezeigbo rendering Abu Akwa, a dirge in memory of Ojiugo in the wake of her daughter’s disappearance. Set in 1764 in Uga, present day Aguata in Anambra State, it was during the boom in slave trade when activities of headhunters were rampant with women and children often falling victims of wars and raids.

Similarly, while Adaeze ends up on a sugar plantation in the Caribbean, her daughter, Fumnanya, is taken to Bristol, UK and her mother is emotionally forced to pen her effusive letter.

The Artistic Director, Ros Martin, says “it is an absolute thrill and honour for Daughters to be launched on Nigeria soil where the narrative begins, linking our common ancestry for those of us in the diasporas.

We African women writers have evoked ancestors’ voice into landscapes of our residence. In bringing together the three shorts films, we symbolically reconnect to honour our common ancestral spirits who endured forced migration, separation and loss.”