Chinua Achebe passes away. The great author of ‘Things Fall Apart’ remembered.

So many beautiful words over a man who shaped literature out of Africa.

“This was a life lived in the heart of a continent at a time of great political and social change.

Chinua Achebe, Comment

When Achebe published his first novel in 1958, Nigeria was two years away from independence. It was a country blessed with the economic promise of rich reserves of oil and a vast, ethnically diverse population.Though Achebe chose initially to write of the past, he did so with a realism that eschewed romanticising and challenged his readers to recognise a contemporary truth – that we were still far from regaining what was lost, and were in danger of losing still more.”

http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2013/mar/24/chinua-achebe-african-literature?INTCMP=ILCNETTXT3487

http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2013/mar/24/chinua-achebe-colonial-novels-relevant-west

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