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Chinua Achebe

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Nigeria has had a complicated colonial history. My work has examined that part of our story extensively.

— Chinua Achebe

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Once you allow yourself to identify with the people in a story, then you might begin to see yourself in that story even if on the surface it's far removed from your situation.

— Chinua Achebe

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Presidents do not go off on leave without telling the country.

— Chinua Achebe

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Stories serve the purpose of consolidating whatever gains people or their leaders have made or imagine they have made in their existing journey thorough the world.

— Chinua Achebe

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The whole idea of a stereotype is to simplify. Instead of going through the problem of all this great diversity - that it's this or maybe that - you have just one large statement; it is this.

— Chinua Achebe

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They have not always elected the best leaders, particularly after a long period in which they have not used this facility of free election. You tend to lose the habit.

— Chinua Achebe

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When a tradition gathers enough strength to go on for centuries, you don't just turn it off one day.

— Chinua Achebe

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When I began going to school and learned to read, I encountered stories of other people and other lands.

— Chinua Achebe

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I was a supporter of the desire, in my section of Nigeria, to leave the federation because it was treated very badly with something that was called genocide in those days.

— Chinua Achebe

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When suffering knocks at your door and you say there is no seat for him, he tells you not to worry because he has brought his own stool.

— 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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