[Remembering Chinua Achebe]
CHINUA ACHEBE LIVES ON
The demise of professor Chinualumogu
Achebe who was one of Nigeria’s erudite scholars caused a stand still in the world.
He was respected worldwide for his renowned intellectual disposition, literary prowess, and life of honour and activity.
As news of his death reached out, sighs of
grief and gasps of pain echoed all over the
country, Africa and the world at large
regardless of tribe, religion, race and
ethnicity. Our solace is in the fact that he bequeathed to us worthy legacies.
Nigerians and indeed Africans are proud to have a
man who used his literary works to uphold
and ‘sell’ Nigerian culture to the world rightly and to promote peace and unity in
Achebe has written a definitive assessment of contemporary issues in Nigeria in lucid
and engaging prose and poems. Humanly,
we could not have Achebe forever; it is not
given to any man to be. Although death is
inevitable, in the annals of literary history of
Nigeria, Africa and the world, and in our
hearts, Achebe lives forever.
At 82, he could not be said to have died young. However, going by the records of his
achievements in his lifetime and the bold indelible mark he has etched on our
collective history, he is still.
For us, this is a moment of sober reflection and potent challenge, a cause for personal
commitment and renewal. Achebe is a true success, posterity will remember him as a
The legacies he left are
indelible on the sands of time, he affected lives for good, he infused courage in the
mind of the timid and restored the hope to the disillusioned.
The Igbo people are proud
He is a profound source of
inspiration to our generation and our generation is better because he unleashed
his greatness and lived a life worthy of emulation.
Is your life worthy of emulation…..?
© Umebei Ndubuisi
Umebei Ndubuisi is a budding writer and emerging leader who is passionate about positively impacting lives with his works.
This young man is teachable and dedicated to horning his writing skills in order to make impacts like Professor Chinua Achebe.
This piece was a submission on
Remembering CHINUA ACHEBE: A LITERARY ICON
Event date: November 16, 2016.
Venue: Prof. Kenneth Dike E-Library, Awka, Anambra.
Organizer: The Society of Young Nigerian Writers Anambra State Chapter in collaboration with the Anambra State Library Board, Awka.