Zuma acknowledes Achebe's legacy

2013-03-22 20:19

Johannesburg - Renowned author and thinker Chinua Achebe, who died in the United States, was a legendary figure in African literature, President Jacob Zuma said on Friday.

"I have learnt with great sadness of the passing of this colossus of African writing," Zuma said in a statement.

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

His most famous work is the critically-acclaimed Things Fall Apart.

Published in 1958, the novel has sold several million copies around the world and is considered one of the finest pieces of English African literature.

Zuma acknowledged the novel's impact on people on the continent.

"It was in his famous novel Things Fall Apart that many Africans saw themselves in literature and arts, at the time when most of the writing was about Africans, but not by Africans," he said.

Earlier, Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory spokesperson Sello Hatang said 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'."


  • Phetogo Mokgatle - 2013-03-22 20:40

    Zuma and literature? Iyooh! RIP son of Africa, those departed before you reserved a special place for you in heaven

  • Vinolia Mabale - 2013-03-22 20:43

    Mr President is right,and m sorry about His death,he was a great writter we used his writtings @ school for literature in english (Things fall apart).May his soul rest in peace.

  • Makgabo Chokoe - 2013-03-22 20:56

    We lost veteran of writing and a great thinker.we will remember u and ur famous book things fall apart.africa mourn ur ealry death!rib achebe

  • Bryan Billy - 2013-03-22 21:10

    This is a big loss to Africans nd the whole world!

  • Bryan Billy - 2013-03-22 21:10

    This is a big loss to Africans nd the whole world!

  • Mzwandile Jola Dlamanzi - 2013-03-22 21:13

    Yho, a legenary Author indeed even if you did not like books, his was saying read me. I read one of those at standard 10. Just a question guys, did we have one of his books read in primary as well# if you know what i mean

  • Ayo Mpili - 2013-03-22 21:16

    What a loss to Africa, one of our greatest minds to date. However, i do wonder if Mr President has actually read any of Mr Achebe's works#justcurious

      Kari Pentikainen - 2013-03-22 21:44

      In all fairness. I have not had the privilege of reading his book but will make a point of doing so. Zuma too busy reading the bottom line.!

      Stefan Erasmus - 2013-03-22 23:32

      Very good question???

  • Mphotant Thelejane - 2013-03-22 21:27

    Which of his (Chinua Achebe's) writings did the president read? *for interest sake*

      Mzwandile Jola Dlamanzi - 2013-03-22 22:13

      Kensong, you seriously need to go back and finish your matric by the judgement of your post.

  • jungleboy - 2013-03-22 21:47

    I am quiet sure Professor Achebe wouldn't give a toss what Zuma thinks.

      Sterling Ferguson - 2013-03-23 06:44

      Achebe books actually put the Africans culture down, and he refuses to come back to Nigeria before he passed away.

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  • Sthembile Goba - 2013-03-22 22:07

    He was a great writer, one of the best in Africa/world. may his soul RIP

  • George Brighton Shikhibana - 2013-03-22 22:12

    We will miss Chinua Achebe but his legacy will remain. I read Things fall apart at the University of the North while doing 1st year in literature. The main character was Onkokwo. I also read Macbeth by William Shakespeare during the same period. Things fall apart was the best than Macbeth. RIP Chinua Achebe

  • Sunny-Unachukwu Chukwuemeka John - 2013-03-24 12:06

    Droot Goon. Your question is very good. Bravo! you have just shown how shallow and inept your peanut brain is like. It is not too late to invest in some Adult Education.

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