Brief History Of Chinua Achebe

Chinua Achebe was a famous Nigerian Writer. He was born in the Eastern part (Ogidi town) of Nigeria on the 16th of November 1930. His popular name was derived from his full name, Albert Chinụalụmọgụ Achebe.

Achebe was raised in a Christian home. His father, Isaiah Okafo Achebe, a teacher and evangelist. His mother, Janet Anaenechi Iloegbunam, a leader among church women and vegetable farmer.

Chinua Achebe chose literature path because of his passion for African culture. He was to study medicine in the university college, now known as the University of Ibadan, on scholarship. He changed his course to English literature because of his passion for the African culture.

Chinua Achebe was appointed research fellow at the University of Nigeria and became professor of English, a position he held from 1976 until 1981 (professor emeritus from 1985). Britannica

He is known for many great works in Africa literature, but his masterpiece is Things fall Apart, first published in 1958. Few more of his books include; No Longer at Ease, Arrow of God, A Man of the People, Anthills of the Savannah, There Was a Country: A Personal History of Biafra.

He died on the 21st March 2013.


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Quotes From Chinua Achebe

The provided inspirational quotes by Chinua Achebe below were carefully selected from his novels, poems, and criticism.

“One of the truest tests of integrity is its blunt refusal to be compromised.” 

“Art is man’s constant effort to create for himself a different order of reality from that which is given to him.” 

“Democracy is not something you put away for ten years, and then in the 11th year you wake up and start practicing again. We have to begin to learn to rule ourselves again.”

“A man who makes trouble for others is also making trouble for himself.” 

“When suffering knocks at your door and you say there is no seat for him, he tells you not to worry because he has brought his own stool.” 

“When a tradition gathers enough strength to go on for centuries, you don’t just turn it off one day.” 

“The only thing we have learnt from experience is that we learn nothing from experience.”

“A child cannot pay for its mother’s milk.”

“The damage done in one year can sometimes take ten or twenty years to repair.”

“People create stories create people; or rather stories create people create stories.”

“Nigeria is what it is because its leaders are not what they should be.” 

“In fact, I thought that Christianity was very a good and a very valuable thing for us. But after a while, I began to feel that the story that I was told about this religion wasn’t perhaps completely whole, that something was left out.” 

“When old people speak it is not because of the sweetness of words in our mouths; it is because we see something which you do not see.”

“Privilege, you see, is one of the great adversaries of the imagination; it spreads a thick layer of adipose tissue over our sensitivity.”

“Writers don’t give prescriptions. They give headaches!”

“The sun will shine on those who stand, before it shines on those who kneel under them.”

“Procrastination is a lazy man’s apology.”

“…Nothing puzzles God”

“The world has no end, and what is good among one people is an abomination with others.”

“Until the lions have their own historians, the history of the hunt will always glorify the hunter.”


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