Professor Chinua Achebe the renowned Nigerian author has been rightly referred to in many ways as the father of African literature. It is unbelievable that this international giant of letters authored his world famous classic – Things Fall Apart in 1958 when the young writer was just 28 years of age. This particular work has so far been translated into over 50 international languages having sold over 10 million copies internationally.
|Prof Chinua Achebe|
“Things Fall Apart” which was illustrated by an equally renowned visual artist and childhood and bosom friend of the writer - Prof Chike Okeke, went on to become one of Africa’s most read novels around the world. The man who is fondly called the father of modern African Literature would rather be referred to as a “giant in world literature” by fellow Nigerian writer - Biyi Bandele. A revered member of the titled elders’ forum called Ichie, as well as an Ozo red cap chief of his Ogidi clan in Anambra State, Chinua Achebe will be missed by all manner of readers and admirers of his colourful prose crafted in the most eloquent mastery of story-telling.
It is also amazing how all the titles of the world great African author - Achebe reflect perfectly all the unfolding events and history of
his country – chronicling the nuances and vicissitudes of an African nation.
Achebe could have died an unhappy man in respect of the unfulfilled hopes and
dreams he had for his beloved country, and the load of disappointments owing to
the reckless and callous ruling cabals throughout the decades
following independence, but by every standard he departed this wicked world
transcending above it, having translated into immortality. Chinua Achebe's
legacies are beyond compare - they are at one time prophetic, and then
didactic. His exit has created a big
vacuum in the literary world; it is indeed the fall of an Iroko, the flight of
an eagle into the clouds. Nigeria
By: Morgan Nwanguma