Achebe's Nigeria community wants him home

2013-03-23 19:01
Lagos - The home state of Nigerian novelist Chinua Achebe, the "father of modern African literature" who died this week in the United States, wants him to be buried in his native community, an official said on Saturday.

The family of Achebe, who had an uneasy relationship with his home country, has not announced their burial plans following the 82-year-old's death on Thursday.

"He is a renowned promoter of the African culture. He cannot but be buried in his native home community," said Mike Udah, spokesperson for the governor of Anambra, Achebe's southeastern home state.

"The idea of him being buried outside his community is totally ruled out."

The state governor, Peter Obi, is due to travel to the United States this weekend to discuss Achebe's burial plans with his family, he added.

Best known internationally for his novel Things Fall Apart, which depicts the clash between British rule and traditional Igbo culture in his native southeastern Nigeria, Achebe was also a staunch critic of corruption in the country.

Messages of condolence

He had lived and worked as a professor in the United States in recent years. A 1990 car accident left him in a wheelchair and limited his travel.

"People are still dispirited over Achebe's death," Udah said, referring to the mood of Achebe's native community.

Messages of condolence have continued to pour in following Achebe's death.

Major newspapers in Nigeria reported on their front pages on Saturday the death and life of Achebe in addition to condolence messages from within the country and across the world.

Headlines included "World mourns Achebe", and "Streams of Eulogies as literary icon Achebe dies at 82".

Some referred to him as an "iroko" - the iconic tree native to west Africa.


  • Thabani Dube - 2013-03-23 19:17

    A Greatman indeed. The only best thing to come out of Nigeria as far as I know. The centre cannot hold, anymore.

      Yakupha Adudu - 2013-03-24 08:35

      @Thabanii i can see u know nothing about Nigeria....just sounded very stupid .RIP Prof u will always be remembered!!

  • Lazzy Ledwaba - 2013-03-23 19:44

    Yaa not appreciated alive, he's suddenly good in death! Reason is falling apart!!!

      Keamogetse Felicia Kamo Scholtz - 2013-03-24 23:03

      go fly a kite

  • Trustdee Ugochukwu - 2013-03-23 19:45

    Things Fall Apart..... Rip....

  • Michael Ndalama Mwale - 2013-03-23 20:17

    He was a son of the African soul - an indigenous African; a born aod bred African. He devorted his life to searching for an African philorophy that would prove to be a panacea to all of Africa's problems; a philosophy that would wipe away disunity, ignorance, hunger, poverty amd disease from the face of. What a great honour it would be to Africa as a whole and to his memory to have Professor Chinua Achebe buried in the African soil.

  • Abbey M. Motaung - 2013-03-24 00:35

    You will forever be remembered. RIP !!!

  • Adrian Kapoor - 2013-03-24 00:43

    Quote from Achebe's "Things Fall Apart" - "Look at that wall," he said, pointing at the far wall of his hut, which was rubbed with red earth so that it shone. "Look at those lines of chalk/' and Okoye saw groups of short perpendicular lines drawn in chalk. There were five groups, and the smallest group had ten lines. Unoka had a sense of the dramatic and so he allowed a pause, in which he took a pinch of snuff and sneezed noisily, and then he continued: "Each group there represents a debt to someone, and each stroke is one hundred cowries. You see, I owe that man a thousand cowries. But he has not come to wake me up in the morning for it. 1 shall pay you, but not today. Our elders say that the sun will shine on those who stand before it shines on those who kneel under them. I shall pay my big debts first." And he took another pinch of snuff, as if that was paying the big debts first. Okoye rolled his goatskin and departed"

  • Bassey Offiong - 2013-03-24 01:19

    The legacy you have left behind Prof, will forever remain evergreen in the minds and intellect of Nigerians, all over Africa and indeed the whole World. Dr Bassey Offiong.

  • John Cryink - 2013-03-24 13:01

    One of africas big writers he the runs away to stay in america. Know nothing of nigeria but if he stayed in SA can understand if he ran to the USA

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