Chinua Achebe’s impact on African literature is too great to measure and what would have been his 87th birthday, Google is showing a feel of deep admiration to him on its webpage.
He’s been described as the “father of modern African literature” with novels which predicted Nigerian and African culture internationally at a time when much of the continent was freshly free from the chains of colonialism.
The learned idol die in March 2013 in the United States of America, at aged 82.
The Nigerian writer tour to litrary greatness begins with Things Fall Apart, the first book he wrote.
Released almost 60 years ago in 1958, it’s considered as one of the book that is widely read in Africa.
It’s been long ago translated into fifty languages and has sold over ten million copies.
The world praise of Things Fall Apart, a story abouta man name Okonkwo, an Igbo leader who struggles with the advent of Christian missionaries in his village, was a universal tale about the influence of colonial rule in Africa.
It possibly assidt to set the tone for African literature and authors taking control of their own narrative using clear African mentality.
In that regard, Achebe can be considered as innovator in the fight to counter lazy racist stereotypes that have been used to show Africa in literature and journalism.
Author of Heart of Darkness, Joseph Conrad, a disputed account of a journey on Congo River first published in 1899, has convey the brunt of Achebe’s intolerance of degrading African tropes.
Achebe has called Conrad a “bloody racist” narrate his book as “totally disgrace.”
Frequently, the Nigerian government was also a target of Achebe’s criticism.
He turn down the government’s offer twice in 2014 and 2011 to name him Commander of the Federal Republic—one of Nigeria’s very highest honors.
Achebe mention unchecked corruption in government as his reason for rejecting the awards.
Decades ago, during the Biafra war, Achebe support Biafra and worked with the separatists government to push for the creation of a new country.
As communications chief for Biafra, Achebe led attempt to fasten aid and elevate awareness about the situation of his people around the globe.
His readiness to speak openly on politics via his novels, his essays and speeches were at times disputed but, speaking to American author James Baldwin back in 1980, Achebe explained why politics atribute in his art:
Those who tell you “Do not put too much politics in your art” are not being honest.
If you look very well you will see that they are the same people who are quite happy with the condition as it is.
And what they are saying is not don’t introduce politics. What they are saying is don’t upset the system. They are just as political as any of us.
It’s only that they are on the other side.