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A mighty tree has fallen: Chinua Achebe 1930-2013

Chinua Achebe 1930-2013

Chinua Achebe 1930-2013

Chinua Achebe has died, at the age of 82. He leaves a legacy that will live on for generations.

He told a different story of Africa, perhaps best summed up by a Igbo proverb he liked to quote:

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

Achebe was a historian of the lions, telling the story of colonialism in Africa from an African perspective. And by doing so, he changed not just African literature, but African politics as well, forever. Continue reading