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|Re: Chinua Achebe's Obituaries - A Compilation by Akshow: 6:33pm On Mar 23, 2013|
Classicalman: OK. I AGREE WITH YOU.childish and lame. Bigots like you will even make one insult achebe's bitter, crippled, hating self. There i insult him! Kill your self or go take a dive in the lagoon. Senseless ogbuefi swine
|Re: Chinua Achebe's Obituaries - A Compilation by Mkpotu(m): 7:09pm On Mar 23, 2013|
RIP a legend, an Icon, a quintessential writer, a colossus, an erudite Professor and a father & grand father.
|Re: Chinua Achebe's Obituaries - A Compilation by Classicalman(m): 7:25pm On Mar 23, 2013|
Akshow: childish and lame. Bigots like[b] you will even make me insult MY FATHER'S bitter, crippled, hating self[/b]. There i insult him! Kill your self or go take a dive in the lagoon. I am a senseless ogbuefi swineOK.
|Re: Chinua Achebe's Obituaries - A Compilation by Eziachi: 8:05pm On Mar 23, 2013|
erniok: After reading how the world all over eulogizes this man, I wonder why some folks here vilify him. Indeed, a prophet is never honored in his hometownNo, they are not vilifying him, they are just afraid of his shadow for telling them some home truth they prefer not to hear. As inconsequential as they are with their opinion, Achebe is an African Iroko they will ever dream of half of him being their fathers.
Quote: Things for Apart when the centre cannot hold-then mere anarchy will run upon our land- Ichie Chinualamogu Achebe (Afa Mba Ogidi)
|Re: Chinua Achebe's Obituaries - A Compilation by Eziachi: 8:10pm On Mar 23, 2013|
Akshow: if my comment Pain you, go hang your balls for transformer. Mental age my behind!So, all your life, no one had mentioned it to you that, there is a time to shut up or at least go and use the ground to shelter yourself somewhere?
|Re: Chinua Achebe's Obituaries - A Compilation by mollie12: 8:29pm On Mar 23, 2013|
Thank you OP for this effort.
The outpour of obituaries and accolades gives credence to the fact that a real great has gone. Achebe influenced so many lives than he could have ever imagined. Can I even begin to mention my experience with his writings as required readings in school - Chike and the River, Anthills of the Savannah, Things Fall Apart? His writings had the power to transport us to a space in time we'd never witnessed. Because of him, I developed a strong appreciation for the African culture, and the Igbo culture as well. The number of international media/press that carried the notice of his passing gave me real food for thought. How many of us will be able to impart such level of influence in our lifetime? How many are even planning to? Too many things to say, too many thoughts going through my head but I'll just put a full stop here.
And Akshow and others causing digression, please show some courtesy and keep your idle thoughts and comments off this thread. Please this topic was opened for those that want to pay their respects and reflect on this legend that just passed. A simple google search will direct you to where you can get updates on whatever match is playing. Thank you.
|Re: Chinua Achebe's Obituaries - A Compilation by Akshow: 8:54pm On Mar 23, 2013|
Eziachi:man came from dust and to dust shall he return you dont need to blow kakaki over that. Well i'm not Suprised since your kinsmen end up dead in rivers. So when you are ready. Take a dive in the lagoon and kaput like your kinsmen
|Re: Chinua Achebe's Obituaries - A Compilation by Akshow: 9:00pm On Mar 23, 2013|
Classicalman: OK.HahaHaha lame. Try again.
|Re: Chinua Achebe's Obituaries - A Compilation by Nobody: 9:26pm On Mar 23, 2013|
I've read and enjoyed some of Achebe's works, yet I didn't know that he was such a great man. The eulogies have exposed his greatness. Pity Nigeria couldn't harness his greatness for international politics and diplomacy.
|Re: Chinua Achebe's Obituaries - A Compilation by Nobody: 9:30pm On Mar 23, 2013|
My tribute to the Legend Chinua Achebe
When I heard that one of the men I respect the most (Prof. Chinua Achebe) has passed on, I was not in a
hurry to comment on the matter because to give one’s parting words to a legend like Achebe one’s
words must be chosen carefully and respectfully.
I fell in love with Achebe through his works most notably “things fall apart” “no longer at ease” &
‘Anthills of the savannah’. On reading his works I knew instantly this was a genius a work and since then
i paid special attention to the legend. I have said it many times and I continue to say that I consider
Chinua Achebe the greatest writer of his time in Africa and beyond. His magnum opus “things fall apart”
remains a timeless classic till tomorrow.
I remember when I heard about his last work “There was a country” I was shocked that the legend was
still writing at such an advanced age. I could not wait to hold a copy of the book. Reading the book was
quite interesting. It is the most accurate historical record of the civil war I have come across though I
must also say that the author was highly ethnocentric. After reading the book I remember saying that it
sounded like the voice of a man trying to empty his head before passing on the great beyond. I
perceived from the book that Achebe was trying to offload emotions long locked within him least he be
guilty of taking his voice on the matter to the grave.
I remember a few of his words
1. “Things fall apart was a story yearning to be told and I was only lucky to be the one to tell the
story” - Chinua Achebe
2. “If you do not like someone’s story, write your own” - Chinua Achebe
3. “The white man is very clever. He came quietly and peaceably with his religion. We were
amused at his foolishness and allowed him to stay. Now he has won our brothers and our clan
can longer act as one. he has put a knife on the things that held us together and we have fallen
apart” - Chinua Achebe, Things fall apart
4. “Charity is the opium of the privileged” - Chinua Achebe, Anthills of the savannah
5. “Nobody can tell me who I am” - Chinua Achebe
6. “If I hold her hand she says ‘don’t touch’
If I hold her foot she says ‘don’t touch
’but when I hold her waist-beads she pretends not to know” - Chinua Achebe, things fall apart
7. “When suffering knocks at your door and you say there is no seat left for him, he tells you not to
worry he has brought his own” - Chinua Achebe
8. Writing has always been serious business for me. I felt it was a moral obligation. A major
concern of the time was the absence of an African Voice. Being part of the dialogue meant not
only sitting at the table but effectively telling the African story from an African perspective. –
Chinua Achebe, There was a country
9. “I had very little at my disposal to protest with, so the strongest statement I could make was to
turn down the honor of commander of the federal republic which I was awarded.” – Chinua
Achebe, There was a country
Quoting him will have no end because Achebe was a Man of many deep words.
I respect him because he was an excellent literary authority. He has a unique writing style and his words
leaps with authority from the pages of books into the minds of the reader. From his works I have learnt
to find my words in my own style without copying the pattern of any man. My first published work will
soon be out and Achebe remains my literary motivation.
He was a man that has received every professional accolade yet he remained humbled and he shocked a
nation when he rejected a prestigious national award because he felt he could not collect such an award
in clear conscience.
On his death, I say May the legend rest on. No one can say when Achebe will truly die because his works
will remain with us for a long time to come. I am not saddened by his death because he lived the life of
an achiever. In life I respected Chinua Achebe and in death My great respect still remains for the legend
that is CHINUA ACHEBE
|Re: Chinua Achebe's Obituaries - A Compilation by Yujin(m): 11:54pm On Mar 23, 2013|
Just have to step into the mouth of the mid-day sun and salute the great icon.
The resilient crystalline salt in the belly of the ocean
The Father of Modern African Literature
A rare gem you were...
The Proud African
Your legacy 'o ji ofo na ogu ga ana' remains.
Rest in Peace Dike amama uwa dum.
Laa n'udo Sir Prof. Chinualumogu Achebe
As long as words do not cease, we shall not fail to eat them with palm oil- our palm oil.
|Re: Chinua Achebe's Obituaries - A Compilation by rhymz(m): 3:30pm On Mar 24, 2013|
4chi:You sound very daft and unneccessarily combative, Achebe is not one to write about an event just for the sake of stirring tribal sentiments. Like he said in an interview, if you don't like a story, write your own. If all the while, all you know about Awolowo's involvment of the war is the good side that is always highlighted by the SWestern domined press, Chinua Achebe has given you the other sides of the story that is often conveniently overlooked and downplayed by Awo's Kingsmen.
Achebe will always be great irrespective of shitty opinions from tribally jundiced Bigots such as you, better get used to it.
|Re: Chinua Achebe's Obituaries - A Compilation by tpia5: 9:52pm On Mar 24, 2013|
As the world mourns Chinua Achebe, by Dele Momodu
|Re: Chinua Achebe's Obituaries - A Compilation by mjkievo2(m): 5:31pm On Mar 29, 2013|
Barr. Okahia Nnaemeka Mfr
6 hours ago
Quitting the stage at the peak of ovations...is an attribute of great performers
Arrays and gallows of graveyard orations outpouring all over
Calculus of post-humous affections...,
... Plain truths and unintended truths obscured in hypocrisy
From a man, you became a movement
From an intellectual, you became an intelligentsia
From a thinker to a school of thought
Part of the rituals of our existence as mortals is to die
You just performed the ritual, but you’ve already written your name into immortality
There was a country and there was a Man!
Chronicles of your memoirs, mementos and frustration
Apocalypses of what “we could have been and what we have become”
..but You meant "there was a country at independence" - not even Biafra!
yet that country consistently finds itself in the hands of charlatans - "Ndi Efulefu"
Objective critics lamented that you ought not to open an old wound
Subjective critics wailed that you were abusing a thin god
When shall the best driver quit the passenger’s seat and drive?
What does "excellent horsemanship" do to a man without a Horse?
A sordid and abrupt invasion of incompetency and complacency
Celebration and adoration of high-class Mediocrity
Manipulation of our humble ethnic and religious differences by the political elite
But at the fullness of time, the "haves" and "have-nots" shall bear you witness
All men of letter shall extol your virtues
In eternal cognizance shall you remain
Pius Okigbo, Chris Okigbo, Eni Njoku, Kenneth Dike, Nebo- Graham Douglas …
…all shall welcome a brother home
Six feet deep shall you be lowered, but your name shall soar miles above sea level
May God rest your Soul - as the white man taught us to say
Is their God not different from the gods of your fathers?
Nay!..we all refer to the same Chukwu Abiama - the all sovereign God
..but shall you choose a recourse to the gods of your fathers, you are still home and dry!
"the Iroko has fallen, ...no man ever owns an Iroko, ..
Let the and elders of Ogidi summon in white robes
with clumsy beads, the maidens shall dance at the village square
The High Priest with a white a fowl, tusks of wine, four-pice kolanuts, alligator pepper
deeply spirited libations, enchantments and appeasements...shall commence your sojourn
“We reckon and beckon on our fathers..Let our father reckon and beckon on the ancestors
Ama m Nna m …..Nna m ma Ndi Ichie!
AMADIOHA shall roar his road like a lion and cheer you through with claps of thunder!
ISI OGWUGWU and his descendant’s shall herald your transition,
IBINI UKPABI will testify you were extraordinaire
KAMALU AROCHUKWU shall affirm you were a giant
AGWU NSI, ANA-EKWULU and ULAASI shall acclaim you a son of the soil
..the mother goddesses will take a turn...
NWAOCHA ORAUKWU shall pamper you through your sojourn
NWAORIE OWERRI shall put succor like the calmness of her river
Through whatever medium, your soul find solace
Rest in Peace a…A great Nigeria, a quintessential Pan-African!
Adieu !.. Ogazi na Ogidi
Adieu !!.. Nwadiana na Awka
Adieu !!!.. Otigburuagu na Nri Ukwu
Adieu !!!. Odenigbo Ndigbo.
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