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Chinua Achebe

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People say that if you find water rising up to your ankle, that's the time to do something about it, not when it's around your neck.

— Chinua Achebe

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The problem with leaderless uprisings taking over is that you don't always know what you get at the other end. If you are not careful you could replace a bad government with one much worse!

— Chinua Achebe

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Democracy is not something you put away for ten years, and then in the 11th year you wake up and start practicing again. We have to begin to learn to rule ourselves again.

— Chinua Achebe

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Once a novel gets going and I know it is viable, I don't then worry about plot or themes. These things will come in almost automatically because the characters are now pulling the story.

— Chinua Achebe

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What a country needs to do is be fair to all its citizens - whether people are of a different ethnicity or gender.

— Chinua Achebe

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An artist, in my understanding of the word, should side with the people against the Emperor that oppresses his or her people.

— Chinua Achebe

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I don't care about age very much.

— Chinua Achebe

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I think back to the old people I knew when I was growing up, and they always seemed larger than life.

— Chinua Achebe

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One of the truest tests of integrity is its blunt refusal to be compromised.

— Chinua Achebe

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I've had trouble now and again in Nigeria because I have spoken up about the mistreatment of factions in the country because of difference in religion. These are things we should put behind us.

— Chinua Achebe

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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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