INVITATION: Close to Nature: The creative process of writing the Ebola epidemic

  • DATE

    24 August 2022

  • TIME

    15:00 - 16:30


    Old College House, University of Pretoria

The Centre for the Advancement of Scholarship cordially invites you to a seminar on "Close to Nature: The creative process of writing the Ebola epidemic" with Professor Véronique Tadjo.


In a series of moving snapshots, Véronique Tadjo illustrates the terrible extent of the Ebola epidemic, through the eyes of those affected in myriad ways: the doctor who tirelessly treats patients day after day in a sweltering tent, protected from the virus only by a plastic suit; the student who volunteers to work as a gravedigger while universities are closed, helping the teams overwhelmed by the sheer number of bodies; the grandmother who agrees to take in an orphaned boy cast out of his village for fear of infection. And watching over them all is the ancient and wise Baobab tree, mourning the dire state of the earth yet providing a sense of hope for the future.

Drawing on real accounts of the Ebola outbreak that devastated West Africa, this poignant and, given the pandemic, timely fable reflects on both the strength and the fragility of life and humanity’s place in the world.

 In the Company of Men, Jacana Media


DATE: 24 August 2022
TIME: 15:00 - 16:30
VENUE: Old Collge House
RSVP: Cecelia Samson, [email protected], 012 20 653


Véronique Tadjo is an author, artist and Honorary Professor at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa where she lived and taught for several years. An award winning writer, she was born in Paris and grew up in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire. She holds a doctorate in Black American literature and civilization from the Sorbonne Paris IV and was a Fulbright scholar at Howard University in Washington, DC.

Her novels have been translated into several languages. Some of her titles in English include: As the Crow Flies, (2001), The Shadow of Imana, (2002), Queen Pokou (2005), Far from my Father (2014), Amour: Fields of Battle, Fields of Love, published by The Massachusetts Review, e-book series (2019). In the Company of Men (2021) was awarded the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for fiction in April 2022. She shares her time between London, Paris and Abidjan.


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