CHINUA ACHEBE,THE RENOWNED NIGERIAN AUTHOR TURNS 82 !

” ONE OF THE TRUEST TESTS OF INTEGRITY IS ITS BLUNT REFUSAL TO BE COMPROMISED ! ”

Chinua Achebe.

CHINUA ACHEBE IS PROBABLY BEST KNOWN FOR HIS DEBUT NOVEL PUBLISHED IN 1957/58, ‘THINGS FALL APART’ – a book that sold over 12 millions worldwide and translated into around 50 languages!
‘THINGS FALL APART’ IS A RARE STUDY OF THE POWER OF COLONIALISM AND THE RESULTANT DIVISIVE TENDENCIES THAT KEEP INFLUENCING LONG AFTER THE COLONY GETS INDEPENDENCE!IT IS ALSO A GREAT CRITIQUE OF NIGERIAN POLITICAL ESTABLISHMENT AND THE DEADLY INTER ETHNIC CONFLICTS IN NIGERIA.EVERYTHING SAID IN THE BOOK IS WRITER’S OWN PERSPECTIVES AND COULD WELL BE READ AS A SEMI-AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF MR. CHINUA ACHEBE!MR.ACHEBE HAS BEEN LIVING IN THE UNITED STATES FOR LONG AND WORKING AS A PROFESSOR.
LAST MONTH CAME HIS MUCH AWAITED MEMOIR , ‘THERE WAS A COUNTRY’ .THIS BOOK TOO DEALS WITH NIGERIA ,ESPECIALLY,THE LATE SIXTIES OF NIGERIAN HISTORY.IT DETAILS ABOUT THE BLOODIEST CONFLICT OCCURRED IN NIGERIA TILL NOW, ‘THE BAFRAN CONFLICT’ – A CIVIL WAR THAT REPORTEDLY HAD CLAIMED OVER A MILLION LIVES!

ACHEBE IS BEST KNOWN AS A WRITER WHO MIXES MEMORY WITH HISTORY AND PRESENTS AN ANALYSIS OF THE PAST OF AFRICA AND THE SHADOW OF COLONIALISM ON THE DARK CONTINENT,THOUGH,HE HAS ALWAYS TAKEN STRONG EXCEPTION ON DESCRIBING AFRICA AS ‘HEART OF DARKNESS’ OR ‘DARK CONTINENT’ !
AN AUTHOR WHO HAS BROUGHT SOCIAL AND POLITICAL DIMENSIONS ON THE FORE FOR STUDYING A TEXT !

LIKE OTHER AUTHORS,ACHEBE,TOO,KEPT UPSETTING PEOPLE IN AND OUT OF NIGERIA AND SOME PEOPLE OFTEN TAKE POTSHOTS ON HIM ALLEGING HIM OF DISTORTING HISTORY AND OVEREMPHASIZING THE ETHNIC DIVISION CUM IDENTITY !

WHATEVER BE THE EXTENT OF THE CHARGES LEVELLED AGAINST HIM, ACHEBE IS WIDELY READ AND ADMIRED THROUGHOUT THE WORLD!

‘ARROW OF GOD’ , ‘NO LONGER AT EASE’ ARE ALSO THE BEST OF ACHEBE’S !

HE TURNS 82 TODAY !A VERY VERY HAPPY BIRTHDAY, TO THE LEGEND CALLED CHINUA ACHEBE !

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MRITYUNJAY JHA
SAMASTIPUR
BIHAR
INDIA.
(91) 9334411390.

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