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There was a Man…

There was a Man…

It is futile to quantify the sort of impact or achievement Professor Chinua Achebe has accomplished, so futile in fact, that awards and accolades fall short. Only yesterday, March 22, 2013, the world was shaken at the news that yet another icon has descended to the grave. One nagging worm that will always twist our … Continue reading There was a Man…

Memoirs as Tools for National Mobilization: A review of Chinua Achebe’s There Was a Country:A personal history of Biafra and Wole Soyinka’s Ibadan: The Penkelemes years

There was a Country: A personal history of Biafra (2012) and IBADAN: The Penkelemes years (1994) stands out as not just a collection of realistic experiences, but a socio-political commentary that captures the bygone events in Nigeria with its attendant relevance to contemporary society. It is a sad a reminder of the historical actualities as … Continue reading Memoirs as Tools for National Mobilization: A review of Chinua Achebe’s There Was a Country:A personal history of Biafra and Wole Soyinka’s Ibadan: The Penkelemes years

Cry the beloved Country, the Sceptre may not hold

Cry the beloved Country, the Sceptre may not hold

A sceptre has been looming over our heads, a sceptre called Biafra. For 42 years it has defied gravity and remained poised up above the firmament of the geographical location called Nigeria. This sceptre most recently was brandished a little closer to our heads by the publishing of Achebe’s book, There was a Country. It … Continue reading Cry the beloved Country, the Sceptre may not hold

There was a Country – New Book By Chinua Achebe

There was a Country – New Book By Chinua Achebe

The defining experience of Chinua Achebe’s life was the Nigerian civil war, also known as the Biafran War, of 1967–1970. The conflict was infamous for its savage impact on the Biafran people, Chinua Achebe’s people, many of whom were starved to death after the Nigerian government blockaded their borders. By then, Chinua Achebe was already … Continue reading There was a Country – New Book By Chinua Achebe