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MSU history professor to give this year’s Darl Snyder Lecture

The African Studies Institute presents the 2011 Darl Snyder Lecture March 2 at 10 a.m. in Masters Hall of the Georgia Center for Continuing Education Conference Center and Hotel.

Nwando Achebe, professor of history at Michigan State University, will present this year’s lecture entitled, “Journeys through African Womanhood: Painting a Counter-Narrative.” It is free and open to the public.

The Darl Snyder Lecture Series was established in 1992 in recognition of Snyder’s dedication, research and service-learning programs in and about Africa.

Achebe received her Ph.D. from UCLA in 2000 and served as a Ford Foundation and Fulbright-Hays Scholar-in-Residence at the Institute of African Studies and history department of the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, in 1996 and 1998. Her first book, Farmers, Traders, Warriors and Kings: Female Power and Authority in Northern Igboland, 1900-1960 was published in 2005. Her second book, The Female King of Colonial Nigeria: Ahebi Ugbabe (2011) is a full-length critical biography on the only female warrant chief and king in all of colonial Nigeria, and arguably British Africa.