Chinua Achebe

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‘THERE WAS A COUNTRY’: A review of Chinua Achebe’s Biafran memoir – By Ike Anya

In our house in Nsukka, the small university town in eastern Nigeria where I grew up, my parents’ bedroom harboured a cupboard, reached only by standing on a stepladder. In that cupboard lay a battered brown leather satchel, filled with memorabilia from Biafra. I remember Biafran stamps, currency notes and coins, photographs, receipts, letters and … Continue reading

OLD WOUNDS RUN DEEP: A REVIEW OF ‘THERE WAS A COUNTRY’ BY CHINUA ACHEBE

There Was a Country: a Personal History of Biafra Chinua Achebe Chinua Achebe’s first book in three years richly rewards his admirers’ patience. It is the work of a master storyteller, able to combine seriousness with lightness of touch, even when writing about the terrifying events of a war that cost the life of one … Continue reading

THINGS LEFT UNSAID: CHIMAMANDA ADICHIE REVIEWS ‘THERE WAS A COUNTRY’ BY CHINUA ACHEBE

Nigeria, at independence from British rule in 1960, was called the Giant of Africa. With a large population, an educated elite and many natural resources, especially oil, Nigeria was supposed to fly the flag of democratic success. It did not, and it is clear now, in retrospect, that it could not possibly have done so. … Continue reading

BOOK COUNT: There was a country

Title: THERE WAS A COUNTRY Author/ Year: Chinua Achebe/ 2012 Genre: Non-ficiton / Memoirs BOOK SYNOPSIS Chinua Achebe, the author of Things Fall Apart, is a writer whose moral courage and storytelling gifts have left an enduring stamp on world literature. There Was a Country is his long-awaited account of coming of age during the … Continue reading

CHINUA ACHEBE PUBLISHES LONG AWAITED MEMOIR ON BIAFRA

Renowned Nigerian author Chinua Achebe has published his long-awaited memoir, There Was a Country, about the brutal three-year Biafran war. He acted as roving cultural ambassador for Biafra when the south-eastern area tried to split from Nigeria in 1967. Prof Achebe has remained silent about his war experience for more than 40 years. The memoir … Continue reading

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