Chinua Achebe has indeed run a great race. By Prof. Herbert Ekwe-Ekwe


Chinua Achebe has indeed run a great race.  

By Prof. Herbert Ekwe-Ekwe

Special to USAfrica multimedia networks, and CLASSmagazine, Houston.                                                        n

Our Eagle on the Iroko has flown home… No, not really… Our Eagle is right here – with us. Our Eagle lives on. This has been the solemn promise made since age 28 with Things

Famed Nigerian writer and author of "Things Fall Apart" Chinua Achebe pauses as he listens to well wisher's during a 2 day conference and celebration of his 70 birthday a Bard College.  Friday November 3, 2000.(Will Waldron Photo)

Famed Nigerian writer and author of “Things Fall Apart” Chinua Achebe pauses as he listens to well wisher’s during a 2 day conference and celebration of his 70 birthday a Bard College. Friday November 3, 2000.(Will Waldron Photo)

Fall Apart and followed by the unrelenting, exemplifying rigour of the entire consummate stretch of discourses and reflections and yet more discourses during the course of 54 subsequent years that culminated in that towering testament of our age, There was a Country. Our Eagle lives on.

Focusing on the Eagle´s first discourse, a classic, Kwame Anthony Appiah, literary scholar and philosopher, has argued: “It would be impossible to say how Things Fall Apart influenced African writing. It would be like asking how Shakespeare influenced English writers or Pushkin influenced Russians. Achebe didn’t only play the game, he invented it.”

Chinua Achebe has indeed run a great race. Ka Chukwu anyi gozie his blessed soul and give comfort to his loving family. Odogwu Mmadu, ije oma.

Our pledge at this time: Igbo will be free and we will surely bring to a halt this ongoing genocide against our people, which started on 29 May 1966, and we will transform Igboland to an advanced state and society as duly resolved in the Ahiara Declaration.       •Prof. Ekwe-Ekwe, contributing editor of USAfrica, and CLASS magazine, is an influential research scholar and historian. He has worked at Senegal’s Africa Research Institute and the director of the Centre for Cross-Cultural Studies in Dakar, Senegal. He has taught at the London School of Economics, and is author of several books. Several of his essays have appeared, some exclusively, on, including the heavily referenced commentary: Obasanjo’s obsession with Biafra versus facts of history. . He started in 2010 a new blog

Mandela, others send tributes mourning Achebe

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The death of the grand-father of modern African literature Prof. Chinua Achebe is drawing several messages from some of the world’s leaders, Nigeria’s president, his friends, contemporaries and writers.

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A statement from the Nelson Mandela Foundation in South Africa has been sent to the family of the late renowned writer Chinua Achebe. It conveyed, on behalf of the Chairperson, Board of Trustees and staff of the Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory, “our condolences to the family of Prof. Chinua Achebe, a great African writer and thinker, who passed away on 21 March 2013 at the age of 82.”

Nelson Mandela, a friend of Achebe’s and an avid reader of his works, notably once referred to Prof. Achebe as a writer “in whose company the prison walls fell down” — a reference to Mandela’s 27 years in apartheid South Africa jail.

Both men are known for their principled positions on issues of justice, opposition to bigotry, discrimination and commitment to fairness to all persons and support for progressive pan Africanism.                                                                                                                               By Chido Nwangwu, moderator of the Achebe Colloquium (Governance, Security, and Peace in Africa) December 7-8, 2012 at Brown University, is the Publisher of USAfrica and first African-owned, U.S-based newspaper published on the internet


Long Live, CHINUA ACHEBE! The Eagle on the iroko. By Chido Nwangwu

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  1. Things fell apart and nothing was ever at ease, for there was once a country. The man has spoken about Nigeria and I pray his is not an epitaph for a certain country

  2. May his sleep be peaceful.

  3. It is Longfellow, who once in his " Psalms of Life" said "The lives of great men, all remind us that we can make our lives sublime, and departing, leave behind us footprints on the sand of time" Chinua Achebe is one of the greatest thing that has happened to Africa. As such, he has not only left footprints on the sand of time with his many literary works, but he has planted great many giant iroko trees like himself. His characters being worthy of emulation, have inspired many unknown "prophets that have not yet bowed to baal". While we cry and mourn about his physical presence with us, let us be joyful that his spirit, representative of our great ancestors will live forever with us. Thank God for your legacies Great Chinua Achebe. Let your indomitable spirit live in every one of us. Amen.

  4. How thankful that we were able to honor this great son of Nigeria, Africa, and, indeed, the literary world at the 2012 Achebe Colloquium. Ever the humble giant, he received accolades from former students and international admirers with endearing smiles and nods. The legacies of the likes of Achebe and Mandela will outlive them as beacons of hope for generations to come. It yet amazes me that so many African leaders fail to learn from their selflessness, humility, and integrity. Prof. Chinua Achebe, we thank you for running an excellent race. Sleep well, Kachifo.


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