Hiding from Our Past By Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

By Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie On the margins of my happy childhood, there was a shadow: the Biafran war. I was born seven years after it ended, and did not experience any material deprivations—I had a bicycle, dolls, books—but my family was scarred by it. In 1967, after massacres in northern Nigeria that targeted southeastern Igbo […]

Three lessons Achebe taught me by Shally Ashimi

Chinua Achebe has been described as “the grandfather of African fiction” who “lit up a path for many others.” I met this extraordinary Nigerian novelist, poet, and professor when I read his debut novel, Things Fall Apart. The book was a compulsory literary text in secondary school and has been translated into more than 50 […]

Chinua Achebe – There Was a Country: A Personal History of Biafra – My Remarks

By Dr. Emma Enekwechi “Did the federal government of Nigeria engage in the genocide of its Igbo citizens through their punitive policies, the most notorious being starvation as a legitimate weapon of war?” I could hardly contain my excitement when the Eagle on the Iroko announced that he was going to publish his personal history […]

HURIWA Defends Achebe on Latest Book

A Democracy inclined civil society group-HUMAN RIGHTS WRITERS’ ASSOCIATION OF NIGERIA [HURIWA] has carpeted Mr. Ayo Opadokun, Chief Ebenezer Babatope and other self acclaimed ETHNIC Yoruba leaders over their umbrage at the internationally reputable writer and novelist Professor Chinua Achebe following his claim in a yet -to- be released book- ‘There was a Country’ in […]

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