Thousands Attend Chinua Achebe Burial
Nigerian novelist Chinua Achebe was laid to rest at his home town in Anambra state. Thousands of mourners attended the burial.
A host of dignitaries attended the funeral including Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan.At the burial service , President Jonathan literally held up the writer’s books. The gold plaque on his coffin simply called him the “eagle atop the Iroko tree” in his native Igbo language.
The author is widely regarded as the founding father of African literature in English.
He died 21 March 2013 (aged 82) from Boston, Massachusetts, United States.Achebe gained worldwide attention for Things Fall Apart in the late 1950s; his later novels include No Longer at Ease (1960), Arrow of God (1964), A Man of the People (1966), and Anthills of the Savannah (1987).
Achebe wrote his novels in English and defended the use of English, a “language of colonisers”, in African literature. In 1975, his lecture An Image of Africa: Racism in Conrad’s “Heart of Darkness” featured a famous criticism of Joseph Conrad as “a thoroughgoing racist”; it was later published in The Massachusetts Review amid some controversy.
Achebe’s novels focus on the traditions of Igbo society, the effect of Christian influences, and the clash of Western and traditional African values during and after the colonial era.
Achebe was born on November 16, 1930 in Ogidi, Anambra Nigeria.
He had been living in the US since 1990 after a car crash left him partially paralysed and in a wheelchair, returning to Nigeria infrequently.