Emenyonu opens his contribution by writing: "When Achebe
died on 21st March 2003, he was 82 years old.
Today, I regularly assign works of fiction by Shusako Endo and Chinua Achebe
in my history of world Christianity courses.
Launched at the 40th African Literature Association Conference on 10 April in Johannesburg, the book attracted 49 eminent writers and academics from the African literary space including Ali Mazrui, Wole Soyinka, Ama Ata Aidoo, Ngugi Wa Thiong'o and Nadine Gordimer, all paying a glowing tribute to the pioneering role played by Chinua Achebe
To the detractors of Conrad and his novella it might appear that I am reading a different version of the text Heart of Darkness which Achebe
read almost forty years ago.
Such attitudes, Achebe
suggests, were based on superstitious beliefs which are outdated but continue to resonate among some Africans.
cites specific passages that are clearly racist, but he does not rely on this evidence, because it "might be contended, of course, that the attitude to the African in Heart 0 Darkness is not CConrad's but that of his fictional narrator, Marlow, and that far from endorsing it Conrad might indeed be holding it up to irony and criticism" (Achebe
The movie has now been renamed 'All Things Fall Apart' after Achebe
refused a 1 million dollar offer to allow the movie to hold onto the title.
The Pilgrimages Project, sponsored by the US-based Chinua Achebe
Center for African Writers and Artistes, involves the 14 writers exploring an African city not previously well known to them and documenting their experiences in 14 30,000-word books.
The positive portrait of women in the story aligns with the radical inclination of Achebe
in the novel.
59) This represented a fundamental struggle between peasant and elite society over what Chinua Achebe
has described as that which is "right and natural.
The living writers on the list were Rushdie, Garcia Marquez, Doris Lessing, Nigeria's Chinua Achebe
, Gunter Grass, Naguib Mahfouz and Toni Morrison.
I do not have space to do justice to the subtlety and power of his argument, but I would recommend all readers to study his introduction which begins with a careful survey and definition of terms that Achebe
and subsequent interpreters have far too easily taken for granted.