He passed away less than a month ago. Even HE left this world for a better one now.
If there is any one writer that has taken Nigerian literature to the world, it is Chinua Achebe. Now Naija will have to come up with a writer on par with Mr Achebe. Will it be difficult for a nation of over 170 million people?
Albert Chinualumogu Achebe was born in 1930, Eastern Nigeria. The Accomplished author published his first novel Things Fall Apart in 1958. The first of his many erudite outputs debuted five years after he received his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University College, now University of Ibadan, in Western Nigeria. Since his ground-breaking novel, he has published over 20 books.
Now Uncle Achebe is gone, a lacuna is definitely created, one that must be filled soon. Chinua Achebe will always remain an icon of Nigerian, if not African, writing. In the view of Laura Smith-Spark and Faith Karimi on CNN:
He combined humility with forcefulness. He wrote clearly and truthfully, and was a touchstone for many African writers and many writers around the world.
While there are other living pioneer Nigerian writers to look up to, the contemporary crop of writers, especially the budding generation, must have one of their own in the forefront. There is a dire need for this generation of Nigerians to do what Achebe did for his.
This generation of younger Nigerian writers is privileged to have international and indigenous publishers; and of course, the facilities to publish independently are available too. In the age when Ghanaian fashion trends are shaped by Odesa-born Africans, who knows maybe the next Achebe will come from the growing Nigerian community in Ukraine?
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