Chinua Achebe

“If you don’t like someone’s story, write your own.”

“until the lions have their own historians, the history of the hunt will always glorify the hunter”

“We cannot trample upon the humanity of others without devaluing our own. The Igbo, always practical, put it concretely in their proverb Onye ji onye n’ani ji onwe ya: ’He who will hold another down in the mud must stay in the mud to keep him down.’”

“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.”

“My weapon is literature.”

“Storytellers are a threat. They threaten all champions of control, they frighten usurpers of the right-to-freedom of the human spirit — in state, in church or mosque, in party congress, in the university or wherever.”

Also take a look at this interview on CNN’s ‘African voices’

Chinua Achebe was a Nigerian novelist, poet, professor and critic.  (16 November 1930 – 22 March 2013)

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2 Comments:

  1. RIP Chinua Achebe !!!
    I remember on a suggestion of a friend reading ‘Things Fall Apart’
    It was an eye opener, and changed my perspective.

  2. RIP Chinua Achebe !!!
    I remember on a suggestion of a friend reading ‘Things Fall Apart’
    It was an eye opener, and changed my perspective.

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