Mandela centre remembers Chinua Achebe

2013-03-22 14:55
Johannesburg - The Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory has sent its condolences to the family of renowned author and thinker Chinua Achebe, who died in the United States.

Achebe, working as a professor at Brown University, died on Thursday at the age of 82.

Centre spokesperson Sello Hatang said in a statement on Friday that Achebe was "a great African writer and thinker".

"Nelson Mandela referred to professor Achebe as a writer 'in whose company the prison walls fell down'."

Achebe's most well-known work was the critically-acclaimed Things Fall Apart. Published in 1958, the book has sold several million copies around the world and is considered one of the finest pieces of English African literature ever written.


  • Bradley Ruiters - 2013-03-22 15:05

    "Things Fall Apart"... Oh how (unintentionally) ironically prophetic!

      Tracey Wheal - 2013-03-22 15:34

      @ Kensong I dont think that Bradley was being nasty in anyway what so ever I think it is called a play on words ........ RIP Mr Achebe

  • Sibongile Nongawuza - 2013-03-22 15:07

    May his soul rest in peace.

  • VaMbozha Mutemi - 2013-03-22 15:13

    RIP great writer

  • Phina Mhlophe - 2013-03-22 15:15

    AAH SOOO SAD!!! This man's book made me look forward to English classes:) RIP sir!!!

  • Memory Mukome - 2013-03-22 15:45

    end of an african writer

      Kari Pentikainen - 2013-03-22 16:06

      Hopefully there will be many more.!

  • EkasiBoy - 2013-03-22 15:46

    Death of a Legend, your work will forever be appreciated by many! RIP

  • Zed Max - 2013-03-22 15:50

    Great writer RIP!

  • Nkateko Sherine - 2013-03-22 16:14

    may his soul rest in peace

  • Stewart Croucamp - 2013-03-22 16:39

    NeVer heard of this dude. Must be a communist thinker.

      Annette Duvenhage - 2013-03-22 17:20

      And there will be a street named after him soon....

  • Annette Duvenhage - 2013-03-22 17:19

    Oh realy, nobody lives forever.....

  • Manas Mohanty - 2013-03-23 09:52

    Chinua Achebe , the voice of Africa passed away at 82. Achebe's Things Fall Apart is a literary heritage of mankind". I remember in 2008 I was teaching a bunch of Class of IX children in a school which did not have an English teacher. They had an Achebe small story in their literature class. I thought I would give these young kids a glimpse in to his magical prose and read out a passage from Things Fall Apart "...... As the man who had cleared his throat drew up and raised his machete, Okonkwo looked away. He heard the blow. The pot fell and broke in the sand. He heard Ikemefuna cry, "My father, they have killed me!" as he ran towards him. Dazed with fear, Okonkwo drew his machete and cut him down . He was afraid of being thought weak." The whole class was numb for a considerable time. At least two children who wanted to be engineers told me they would pursue career in literature. That is the power of Achebe. We have to celebrate his death. Read THINGS FALL APART whole night - that will be my tribute to this man who blessed us with his words.

  • Adrian Kapoor - 2013-03-24 00:26

    Quote from Achebe's "Things Fall Apart" But there was a young lad who had been captivated. His name was Nwoye, Okonkwo’s first son. It was not the mad logic of the Trinity that captivated him. He did not understand it. It was the poetry of the new religion, something felt in the marrow. The hymn about brothers who sat in darkness and in fear seemed to answer a vague and persistent question that haunted his young soul – the question of the twins crying in the bush and the question of Ikemefuna who was killed. He felt a relief within as the hymn poured into his parched soul. The words of the hymn were like the drops of frozen rain melting on the dry palate of the panting earth. (16.24)

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