Onyeka Nwelue’s ‘House of Nwapa’ Documentary Film Premiers in Zimbabwe

Onyeka Nwelue

Today, the documentary film ‘The House of Nwapa’ by the Popular Nigerian writer and film-maker, Onyeka Nwelue will premier at the International Images Film Festival for Women (IIFF) in Harare, Zimbabwe. It will show again on the 31st of August, 2016. Prof. Nwelue was invited by the founder of the Festival, Tsitsi Dangarembga.

The Documentary Film centers on the life and times of Flora Nwapa, who has been named by Wikipedia as the mother of modern African literature, The forerunner to a generation of African women writers, and the first African woman novelist to be published in the English language in Britain and achieve international recognition, with her first novel Efuru being published in 1966 by Heinemann Educational Books.Nwapa1Flora Nwapa.

The programme which will be hosted by the Women Filmmakers of Zimbabwe is the 15th in the annual series of International Images Film Festival for Women, and it’s dedicated to screenings of women centered narratives.

The Award winning writer, Onyeka Nwelue has been working on the Documentary for a year, and also interviewed Prominent writers, including Wole Soyinka, Margret Segun, Jahman Anikulapo.wole2wole1Margret SegunMargret2interview1Interview2

This is one of the documentaries Prof. Wole Soyinka is very proud of.  He couldn’t hide his joy and he quickly said to Onyeka Nwelue, “I feel really stimulated by the work you’ve been doing on Flora Nwapa, a ‘missing’ figure in the overall consciousness of our younger literati generation, so a documentary on her is long overdue.”

The International Images Film Festival for Women (IIFF) which celebrates the best in Women’s Cinema will present a broad program of feature films, shorts, documentaries and special events. The program has been put together to provide entertaining value to their audiences, something for them to celebrate and be part of in these difficult times. This years festival line up is packed with strong women and man contributing to the positive representation of women in cinema.

Here is an excerpt from the IIFF Zimbabwe Press Release: House of Nwapa Documentary

“IIFF is honoured to welcome prominent filmmakers from the African continent and beyond, who are ready to meet the audiences and local filmmakers. Three  Filmmakers will be available at the festival to talk about their films. Amongst them is Onyeka Nwelue from Nigeria with his documentary house of Nwapa, Joyce Mhango Chavula from Malawi with her award winning film Lilongwe, and Wilson Rumisha from Tanzania with his film Aisha.”