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Google Celebrates Chinua Achebe!

By Nkem Egenuka on Thu, 16/11/2017 - 13:26

Today, Google Doodle honours Nigerian author Chinua Achebe. Achebe was a novelist, critic, poet and professor. His first novel, Things Fall Apart, published in 1958, has been translated into more than 50 languages and has sold more than eight million copies.

Achebe was a leading critic of the portrayal of Africa by the Westerners. He is the father of Modern African Literature...read more

Some of Chinua Achebe's Quotes

  • “When the British came to Ibo land, for instance, at the beginning of the 20th century, and defeated the men in pitched battles in different places, and set up their administrations, the men surrendered. And it was the women who led the first revolt.”
  • “A functioning, robust democracy requires a healthy educated, participatory followership, and an educated, morally grounded leadership.”
  • “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.”
  • “When I began going to school and learned to read, I encountered stories of other people and other lands. “
  • “The only thing we have learnt from experience is that we learn nothing from experience.”
  • “Nigeria is what it is because its leaders are not what they should be.”
  • “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.”
  • “Oh, the most important thing about myself is that my life has been full of changes. Therefore, when I observe the world, I don't expect to see it just like I was seeing the fellow who lives in the next room.”
  • “My position is that serious and good art has always existed to help, to serve, humanity. Not to indict. I don't see how art can be called art if its purpose is to frustrate humanity.”
  • “One of the truest tests of integrity is its blunt refusal to be compromised.”
  • “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.”
  • “The damage done in one year can sometimes take ten or twenty years to repair.”
  • “The last four or five hundred years of European contact with Africa produced a body of literature that presented Africa in a very bad light and Africans in very lurid terms. The reason for this had to do with the need to justify the slave trade and slavery.”
  • “When old people speak it is not because of the sweetness of words in our mouths; it is because we see something which you do not see.”
  • “A man who makes trouble for others is also making trouble for himself.”
  • “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!.”




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