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Chinua Achebe

Am I an African?

Rutendo Nyamuda | Posted 06.02.2016 | Black Voices
Rutendo Nyamuda

Being of this land lies not in the color of your skin, the dialect you speak or your culture. It is an inner being.

Umgawa! Me Tarzan...

Diedre A. Ware | Posted 02.25.2017 | Fifty
Diedre A. Ware

Many moons ago, on the first day of an elective class on African Studies in college, my professor handed out a blank map of Africa. She instructed us ...

Obama, Others Extol Achebe's Legacy

Ademola Bello | Posted 08.04.2013 | Home
Ademola Bello

A celebration of life for the late renowned Nigerian novelist Chinua Achebe was held on June 2, 2013 at Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium in Washington DC.

Composites: German Language and 'Things Fall Apart'

Jalees Rehman, M.D. | Posted 07.29.2013 | Home
Jalees Rehman, M.D.

I read Things Fall Apart to find my past, but it defined my future. It helped me recognize the beauty of the English language and prepared me for life in a way that no book had ever done before.

Women's History Month Spotlight: Advice From the 19th Century, on Loneliness and Doubt, Horses, Vacuum Cleaners and the Nature of Time

Carole DeSanti | Posted 05.28.2013 | Home
Carole DeSanti

In honor of women's history month and to celebrate the paperback publication of The Unruly Passions of Eugénie R., I arranged an interview with Eugénie R. herself (heretofore known only as my fictional character) to find out how this 19th century woman feels about our 21st century world.

The Books of Our Lives

Rachael Berkey | Posted 05.26.2013 | Home
Rachael Berkey

The books that change our lives. It sounds like the dramatic segue into the credits of a soap opera, but it's kind of true right? There are those books that change the way you see the world, a person or yourself that stay with you forever.

Chinua Achebe and Nairobi Half Life

Hayden Bixby | Posted 05.22.2013 | Arts
Hayden Bixby

He never knew me, of course, but I've carried his books and his words through these intervening decades... and his death this week has reminded me to re-examine what the hell I'm still up to: still traveling to Nairobi after all these years, not exactly a tourist but certainly not a Kenyan, either.

Five Star Fridays: Tom House Invokes Chinua Achebe

Radley Balko | Posted 05.22.2013 | Politics

The Nigerian novelist, poet, and political activist Chinua Achebe has died. A few years ago, Nashville's Tom House played a few songs at my place. One...

19 Powerful Quotes From Chinua Achebe

Posted 05.22.2013 | Home

Quotes from Chinua Achebe's work reveal the power of his writing. An outspoken critic as well as the accomplished author of the highly acclaimed Thing...

'Things Fall Apart' Author Dies

Posted 03.22.2013 | Home

Chinua Achebe, the Nigerian author of Things Fall Apart, is dead according to a report published by the BBC. Born in 1930, he was a prominent writer a...

The Book We're Talking About This Week

Posted 10.08.2012 | Home

"There Was A Country" by Chinua Achebe Penguin, $27.95 October 11, 2012 What is it about? Achebe, the author of the widely read "Things Fall Apa...

Things Fall Apart For 50 Cent Over Book Title

Posted 11.14.2011 | Home

50 Cent's new movie has been forced to back down in a legal battle with representatives of the 80-year-old Nigerian novelist, Chinua Achebe. The r...

Why Do Things Always Fall Apart in Africa?

Alemayehu G. Mariam | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Alemayehu G. Mariam

Unless Gbagbo peacefully leaves power, it seems inevitable that violence and conflict will again reign in the Ivory Coast destroying thousands of lives and the economy of one of the more prosperous African countries.