Monday, 18 June 2007
HAPPY FATHER'S DAY TO THE FATHER OF AFRICAN LITERATURE
Congratulations to Prof. Chinua Achebe.
Chinua Achebe, is a Nigerian novelist and poet born Nov. 16, 1930. One of the most widely read authors of the 20th century.A diplomat in the ill-fated Biafran government of 1967-1970, Achebe is primarily interested in African politics, the depiction of Africa and Africans in the West, and the intricacies of pre-colonial African culture and civilization, as well as the effects of colonialization on African societies.
Achebe's 1958 novel Things Fall Apart considers the effects of colonialization on Igbo society, and has been translated into over 50 languages. He was once recalled by Nelson Mandela as a writer "in whose company the prison walls fell down."
In June 2007, Achebe was announced as the winner of the Man Booker International Prize in honour of his literary career
Well known for his classic critical text on Joseph Conrad, Achebe's 2001 Home and Exile reiterated his long-standing belief that Africa and Africans were being unfairly marginalized and dismissed by European and Western-oriented intellectuals.
He's still so good enough for the Nobel. there ain't no harm baggging them both - the MBI and the Nobel.
Ol' boy, but that book no dey loose 'im flavor sef - since 1958.
HAppy PAPA'S DAY!