You know you have arrived in Abuja by the slack in activities and movement. The place is calm and laid back, at peace with itself. Hausa is in the air, subliminally present; one can almost see the sonorous language floating above the tree tops. Upon my arrival, I breathed in the air of the land … Continue reading Of Achebe, Abuja and Airplanes
Achebeism – An Ode When a tree falls, the birds that made it their abode All scatter in the bush for when great things happen Like the death of a warrior, a retreat is swiftly made To put the war wares on anvils that would sharpen From the visions of the visionary to his mission Here, … Continue reading Achebeism: an Ode to Chinua
With the passing away of a great African literary Icon; Chinua Achebe, we can only console the old with our young and creative minds, for they have passed the baton to us. Features of this event would include: Every participant being provided with a ‘Glo’ t-shirt and a face cap for the mountain hike At … Continue reading The African Street Writer’s Mountain Hike (Special Tributes to Chinua Achebe)
(Chinua Achebe 1930-2013 and on in our hearts) Chinua Achebe is one of those epically unique individuals whose lives have been so full, so purposive and so impactful that we begin to pray that they will never die. But who doesn’t know that that is mere wishful thinking? To be sure, the Eagle on Iroko … Continue reading Chinua Achebe: Death, Where Are Thy Claws? – Niyi Osundare
“Cowards die many times before their deaths; The valiant never taste of death but once. Of all the wonders that I yet have heard, It seems to me most strange that men should fear; Seeing that death, a necessary end, Will come when it will come.” – William Shakespeare, Julius Caesar How can a word … Continue reading Achebe Is Not Dead
Writer laid down his pen; Curtain dropped down. He wrote history, Until his ink flowed- Mixed with blood. He toiled for the love Of his Country. Things keep falling Apart, Even in death You live on. The true immortal.
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…
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
The yuletide season always brings me childhood nostalgia. It’s almost as though Christmas is for children, the food, the new clothes…oh the new clothes. I was heartbroken when I got from school (university) one year and I was told ‘no Christmas cloth for you’. Forget what you heard this life is just one big crusty … Continue reading ‘Tis the Season of Nostalgia
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
Author: Chinua Achebe Publisher: Fourth Dimension Publishing Co. Ltd Year of Publication: 1983 Chapters: 10 In presenting a review of The Trouble with Nigeria by Chinua Achebe, I do not imply that I have more competence than the author, an all time great writer of both fiction and non-fiction. This review is aimed at stressing … Continue reading The Trouble with Nigeria: A Review I
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
Character: Honorable Chief Doctor M. A. Nanga, M.P. L.L.D Author: Chinua Achebe’s Book: A man of the people Chief Nanga is an ex-teacher, turn politician: Minister of culture. Politics changed his moral stance on certain issues. Such personal change was necessary at the time to maintain his political influence and the accompanying lifestyle. The book … Continue reading Chief M. A. Nanga M.P.!!!