The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) yesterday aired a programme eulogising the late Prof. Chinua Achebe.
South Africa’s Nadine Gordimer, Kenya’s Binyavanga Wainaina, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and Chibundu Onuzo shared their thoughts on the late Achebe in the documentary.
It said: “The special programme (is) to celebrate one of the 20th century’s most important and best-loved authors – the Nigerian Chinua Achebe – whose death at the age of 82 has saddened readers around the world.
Although he apparently didn’t like the phrase, Achebe was often described as “the father of modern African literature” and certainly his first novel – Things Fall Apart, published when he was still in his twenties – launched a whole new literary generation, not least because it was a story of Africa told by an African.
That book confronted the psychological and cultural damage caused by colonisation.” The BBC said the late Achebe over the years addressed the corruption of post independence Nigerian politics, and the nightmare of military dictatorship.