Channels Book Club Xrays Chinua Achebe’s ‘There Was A Country’

In this episode of the channels book club, Chude Jideonwo and Kunmi Odufuye,  two talented young leaders – – share their thoughts on Chinua Achebe’s ‘There Was A Country’.

This book review episode is dedicated to the late literary icon who was buried on Thursday 23rd of May, 2013.

Also Rita June-Jack and Bola Essien-Nelson spend time reading with children to spur their educative juices.

VIDEO: Eulogies For Chinua Achebe As He Is Laid To Rest

Literary icon; Professor Chinua Achebe was on Thursday buried in his hometown of Ogidi, Anambra state with a funeral service at the St. Philips Anglican Church.

President Goodluck Jonathan and his Ghanaian counterpart, John Mahama were some of the guests that attended the church service to pay their last respects to the late writer.

The two leaders described Professor Achebe as a man of conviction who never shied away from telling the truth.

President Jonathan at the church service promised that the federal government and the Government of Ghana would collaborate to rebuild the St. Philip’s Central School, Ogidi, Anambra State, where Prof. Chinua Achebe had his primary education.

The literary icon died in Boston, United States last March 21 at the age of 82.

Referring to Prof Achebe’s last book and memoir which was about the Nigerian civil war; ‘There Was A Country’, President also promised that he would lead a political and social revolution that would prompt Achebe’s children to write another book that would be entitled, ‘There Is A Country’.

Chinua Achebe Is Dead

Renowned Nigerian novelist, Prof Chinua Achebe, has passed away at the age of 82.

Professor Achebe died last night in a hospital in Boston, Massachusetts, United States.

An unnamed family source said the Professor had been ill for a while and was hospitalised in an undisclosed hospital in Boston.

Some of Professor Achebe’s popular books include Things Fall Apart, No Longer At Ease, Arrow of God, A Man of the people and Anthills of The Savannah.

Born on the 16th of November 1930, Prof Achebe is best known for his first novel Things Fall Apart, published in 1958 and regarded as the most widely read book in modern African literature.

The book has been translated into 50 languages.

Things Fall Apart was recently named one of the 50 Most Influential Books of the last 50 years.

His last book, a memoir titled ‘There Was A Country‘ which focused on the Nigerian civil war, went on sale last year.

Until his death, Prof Achebe was a David and Marianna Fisher University Professor and Professor of Africana studies at Brown University.

He is survived by his wife, four children and grandchildren.

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Chinua Achebe’s Biafran memoir ‘There Was a Country’ goes on sale in the UK

Renowned Nigerian author Prof Chinua Achebe has published his long-awaited memoir, ‘There Was a Country’ in the United Kingdom today.

The much anticipated work is about the brutal three-year Biafran war, in which he acted as roving cultural ambassador for the Biafran Republic 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 is published in the UK on Thursday and is due to be released in Nigeria shortly and in the US on 11 October.

As one of Africa’s best known authors, Mr Achebe’s debut 1958 novel ‘Things Fall Apart’ has sold more than 10 million copies and published in numerous languages all over the world.

Birth pangs’

The prize-winning 81-year-old author and academic has written more than 20 works – some fiercely critical of politicians and a failure of leadership in Nigeria.

But he has never addressed the atrocities of the Biafran war, in which he was caught up with his young family – except occasionally in his poetry.

More than one million people died during the conflict in fighting and from famine – photographs of starving children from Biafra became synonymous in the media with the conflict.

“There Was a Country is a distillation of vivid observation and considered research and reflection,” Mr Achebe’s UK publisher Allen Lane says.

“It relates Nigeria’s birth pangs in the context of Achebe’s own development as a man and a writer, and examines the role of the artist in times of war.”

Prof Achebe has lived in the US since he suffered a car accident in 1990, which left him paralysed and in a wheelchair.

The memoir is published in the UK on Thursday and is due to be released in Nigeria shortly and in the US on 11 October, AFP news agency reports.