“Writing Postcolonial African Genocides: The Holocaust and Fictional Representations of Genocide in Nigeria and Rwanda"
Dr. Chigbo Anyaduba received his PhD in Literature from the University of Manitoba (Canada), as well as a Master’s degree in English from Obafemi Awolowo University (Nigeria). As the J.B. and Maurice C. Shapiro Fellow at the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies, Dr. Anyaduba conducted research for his project, “Writing Postcolonial African Genocides: The Holocaust and Fictional Representations of Genocide in Nigeria and Rwanda.”
Dr. Anyaduba serves as a Senior Editor for SARABA Literary Magazine, a nonprofit periodical published in Nigeria. He has authored several academic and creative publications, including “Rethinking Violence in Africa,” in Peace Review: A Journal of Social Justice (2017). He has further been the recipient of several awards throughout his career, including the Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship (2015-2018) and the Queen Elizabeth Scholarship (2016).
Drawing on Museum resources, Dr. Anyaduba conducted research on the various intersections linking Holocaust memory to representations of genocide in Africa. He sought to demonstrate how these representations of genocidal atrocities in African contexts invoke the cultural memories of the Holocaust. His work addresses a series of questions focusing on the resulting nexus, as well as the implications, of Holocaust memory with memories of African genocides.
Dr. Anyaduba was in residence from September to December 2018.