Novelist and Poet Chinua Achebe dies

Like many I am terribly saddened to hear about death of Chinua Achebe following a brief illness. One of Africa's greatest writers, Achebe changed the perception and course of African literature with his first novel Things Fall Apart, published in 1958. Things Fall Apart told the story of Okonkwo, an Igbo warrior and his struggle to adapt to … Continue reading Novelist and Poet Chinua Achebe dies

There Was a Country

Chinua Achebe's memoir, There Was a Country, recalls his personal experience and reflection on the Biafran War of 1967-1970. Beginning with a personal account of his childhood and education in colonial Nigeria, Achebe describes steps leading to Nigeria's independence in 1960 and the eventual descent to civil war in 1967. When a new nation begins, … Continue reading There Was a Country