Prof. Achebe’s Death: A Deathly Blow

“There was a writer named Chinua Achebe in whose company the prison walls fell.”
                             –  Nelson Mandela says of his time on Robben Island,

Chinua Achebe is the Nigerian author of Things Fall Apart, who has died in Boston aged 82 (Photo credit: Bella Naija)

 Very few people seem immortal to me. Chinua Achebe is one of them. I still cannot believe that he has passed on.

May his soul rest in peace.

What was your first reaction when you heard that he had died?

2 thoughts on “Prof. Achebe’s Death: A Deathly Blow

  • Mar 26, 2013 at 12:12 pm
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    Well, my first thought was: That was certainly one soul that did not die unsung!
    He was a phenomenal; human being and the challenge he has left for us as writers is so enormous that I am scared if we will ever be able to come close to his standards. I pray his soul finds its way home

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  • Mar 26, 2013 at 7:36 pm
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    Iquo, you've spoken the truth. The man lived his life to the fullest.

    Richard Ali said, "Utter shock, my sister. I stopped in the centre of Wuse Abuja. The news was broken to me by a journalist ironically seeking confirmation. One never thought of Achebe as being old."

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