Africa will erase its own memories if it forgets its son Chinua Achebe

Nigerian novelist Chinua Achebe, the revered author of Things Fall Apart and The Trouble with Nigeria who has been called the father of modern African literature. Photo/FILE

What you need to know:

  • Among the most riveting episodes were the ones relating to Achebe’s encounters with other African writers, including one that took place some time in early 1967, when he landed in Dakar, the capital of the Republic of Senegal.
  • Eager to have serious talks with the then president, the writer and poet Léopold Sédar-Senghor, Achebe made a beeline to the presidential palace, which overlooked three hills.

It is now five years since the death of Chinua Achebe, who attained fame as one of Africa’s leading writers.

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