The Bar Pours a Sip for Chinua Achebe

The good Lord's been collecting, y'all.  First, the Bar poured a sip on Facebook for Transgriot's loss of her father.  And now, Chinua Achebe is gone, children.  Though he and other great African writers disagreed over the decades, he is and always will be the unforgettable Chinua Achebe.
Achebe's remarkable journey into the creative turf began in 1958 with the publication of classical novel Things Fall Apart. Set in the fictional community of Umofia, the novel anthropologically explores the Igbo life completely destroyed by the arrival of the White man, whose coming into the peaceful community created serious socio, political and cultural conflicts. The novel, using the character of its hero, Okonkwo presented the continent ofAfrica in its realistic portrait against the background of permittivity and uncultured painted in the narratives of Western writers.

The publication of Things Fall Apart was successfully followed by the publication of Arrow of God. The novel adjudged by many people as one of the best of Achebe's creative offerings like its predecessor, Things Fall Apart, also engages the colonial conflict that was the order of the day and particularly examines power as a destructive force.

After Arrow of God, Achebe in 1964 wrote another interesting novel titled No Longer At Ease. This third novel, which concludes the first three of Achebe's novels tells the story of Obi Okonkwo, a split character, who is destroyed by the conflict created by the old world of his grand father Unoka in Things Fall Apart and the new world in transition of his father, Okonkwo.

Achebe's first three novels were written in a very organic manner. While the first two novels look at the problem of disconnection created by the arrival of the white man, the third novel presents to the world a wounded soul, who carries the psychological scar of conflict in the person of Obi Okonkwo.
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November 16, 1930 - March 21, 2013


  1. May his soul rest in peace. I heard that him and Wole Soyinka were friends.Thank you Mr. Achebe for your amazing work and legacy. Thanks for this post.

  2. I followed this man since I was a kid. The literary world has lost a great one .

  3. Leo Princess3/23/13, 6:33 PM

    RIP, Mr. Achebe. Your contributions will not be forgotten.

  4. For a drink for me too. He will be surely missed.

  5. I mean, I know 82 is a good age and he made his mark and all but...damn. 82? We couldn't have kept the man until, like, 95?

    I needed him to make up for the too early loss of Kenjo Jumbam. *pours a whole bottle for my personal favorite*

  6. Sad news. A great loss for African literature.

  7. Alex Raventhorne3/24/13, 12:00 PM

    I (like many Nigerian children) grew up reading his books. I remember watching Things Fall Apart in the national theatre (Lagos, Nigeria) in my early teens. Nearly cried yesterday when I first heard he was dead. A great loss for African, Nigerian, and the world's literature.

  8. RIP, Chinua Achebe. His insightful essay on Heart of Darkness was part of what started me questioning the white world.

    (Now I need to read Things Fall Apart.)

  9. I learned a lot from your writings, sir. You will be sorely missed.

  10. Can someone answer a question for me...the NY Times referred to Mr. Achebe as Ibo, but I thought the name of that ethnic group was "Igbo"...are both correct or are they just that sloppy.
    I'd love for someone who knows to tell me and to see that corrected if it is an error.
    I'm hardly an expert but that kind of error really bothers me. People stay woefully ignorant of the ethnic groups in Africa. I've heard some real misinformation stated in the media about different countries and people.

    1. These days it's both, because the correct pronunciation of "Igbo" - fusing the "g" and "b" together - is often difficult for people outside that ethnic group, other Africans included.

    2. Actually the ethnicity is Ibo, their language is igbo. An Ibo man speaks igbo language.

  11. R.I.P Chinua Achebe. A legendary writer. Things Fall Apart was honestly the best book I read in high school.

  12. "Though he and other great African writers disagreed over the decades, he is and always will be the unforgettable Chinua Achebe."

    Yes, Ankh -- he will. Thanks...


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