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Chinua Achebe

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While we do our good works let us not forget that the real solution lies in a world in which charity will have become unnecessary.

— Chinua Achebe

#brotherly-love #charity #compassion #love

Charity . . . is the opium of the privileged.

— Chinua Achebe

#paraphrased #charity

Age was respected among his people, but achievement was revered. As the elders said, if a child washed his hands he could eat with kings.

— Chinua Achebe

#meritocracy #age

When the moon is shining the cripple becomes hungry for a walk

— Chinua Achebe


Among the Igbo the art of conversation is regarded very highly, and proverbs are the palm-oil with which words are eaten.

— Chinua Achebe

#african #african-authors #african-literature #literary-fiction #literary-quotes

The impatient idealist says: 'Give me a place to stand and I shall move the earth.' But such a place does not exist. We all have to stand on the earth itself and go with her at her pace.

— Chinua Achebe

#life-lessons #philosophy-of-life #inspirational

Every generation must recognize and embrace the task it is peculiarly designed by history and by providence to perform.

— Chinua Achebe


People from different parts of the world can respond to the same story if it says something to them about their own history and their own experience.

— Chinua Achebe

#nigeria #south-korea #worldview #experience

A man who pays respect to the great paves the way for his own greatness

— Chinua Achebe


A functioning, robust democracy requires a healthy educated, participatory followership, and an educated, morally grounded leadership.

— Chinua Achebe

#educated #functioning #grounded #healthy #leadership

About Chinua Achebe

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The lecture caused a storm of controversy even at the reception immediately following his talk. In his essay "The African Writer and the English Language" he discusses how the process of colonialism – for all its ills – provided colonised people from varying linguistic backgrounds "a language with which to talk to one another". His essay "A Bloody Racist: About Achebe's View of Conrad" defends Heart of Darkness as an anti-imperialist novel suggesting that "part of its greatness lies in the power of its criticisms of racial prejudice.

He became fascinated with world religions and traditional African cultures and began writing stories as a university student. He was best known for his first novel and magnum opusThings Fall Apart (1958) which is the most widely read book in modern African literature. After graduation he worked for the Nigerian Broadcasting Service (NBS) and soon moved to the metropolis of Lagos.

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