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Achebe: The story and story teller

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Achebe-cartoon

Finally, the story ends. The story teller has gone to sleep. He has gone with his stories – a bagful. But then another story begins. It is telling the story according to the story teller. It is the story of Chinualumogu Achebe and his stories. It is also about the stories of Chinua Achebe, the man with the stories. Ugo belu n’enu oji – the eagle on the iroko. It is a story that thrills, enthralls and captivates – both sides of it.

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Chinua Achebe: A Patroit And Contrarian

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On March 22nd this year 2013, the World lost one of its greatest story–tellers and Africa one of her most strident voices for liberation, freedom and equality. Chinua Achebe known in childhood years as Albert Chinualumogu Achebe of Nigeria is no more. We are here at the invitation of the African Leadership Institute USA and Wright State University, to celebrate his life and pay tribute to the enormity of Chinua Achebe’s accomplishments.

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Intrigues, politics in Achebe’s burial

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Achebe-remains

It would have been difficult if the burial of Chinua Achebe had passed without any controversy.

Apart from the fact that the dust his autobiography, There was a Country raised was yet to settle, the announcement of his death started another round of controversy.

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Achebe: Anambra govt commends Jonathan, Mahama, others

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STILL basking in the euphoria of the success of the burial of the literary icon, Professor Chinua Achebe, the Anambra State government yesterday commended President Goodluck Jonathan and his Ghanaian counterpart, Dr. John Mahama and other people from all over the world for according the great writer a befitting burial.

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My tribute to Chinua Achebe

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Eulogies and tributes have continued to trail the death and burial of literary icon, Prof. Chinua Achebe. Eminent personalities, heads of governments, his literary community, the academia, socio-cultural groups, to mention a few, have had glowing things to say about this popular author at different fora and in the media.

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Chinua Achebe And Abam People

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Professor Chinua Achebe’s pioneer books; “Things Fall Apart” and “Arrow of God”, are the most libelous books ever written against an indigenous Nigerian Community. I speak of Abam Community and no one needs be astonished. For decades Chinua Achebe through his books has been dehumanizing Abam people, portraying them as savages, cannibals, war mongers and plunderers. He denies them history of any form of civilization. It is precisely this image of Abam in Chinua Achebe ‘s books that made the Biafran authorities to make Abam community the first port of call for recruitment into their rag-tag army.

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Chinualumogu Achebe: A tribute to Ugonabo

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Paying tribute to a great man like Professor Chinualumogu Achebe is certainly not the kind of race a man runs carrying snuff in his palm. It is a serious task, not for want of great deeds worth mentioning and reflecting on, but for too many exploits begging for mention.

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Ekwueme, Anyaoku, Okonjo-Iweala, others pay tribute as Achebe is buried

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Anglican priest Owen Nwokolo prays in front of the coffin bearing the body of late Nigerian writer Chinua Achebe upon arrival at Abuja airport, on May 21, 2013. The body of Achebe, the author of internationally acclaimed novel "Things Fall Apart" and a towering figure in African literature, arrived in Abuja two months after his death in a US hospital. He is due to be buried in his native town of Ogidi on May 23, 2013. AFP PHOTO/PIUS UTOMI EKPEI

Nigerians who graced the funeral service of late Prof. Chinua Achebe on Thursday at St. Phillip’s Anglican Church, Ogidi, Anambra state have continued to pour encomiums on the literary icon.

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In Achebe’s company ‘the prison walls fell down’

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IN the couple of months following his death up to his burial today, the world has risen in unison to celebrate Chinua Achebe as a man universally acclaimed to be the father of modern African literature and as the man who used literature to bring Africa to the world.

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Ndigbo will miss Achebe for a long time – Ohanaeze

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THE apex Igbo socio-cultural organization, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, said, Wednesday, that the departed literary giant, Professor Chinua Achebe whose remains would be finally laid to rest at his Ogidi countryhome in Anambra State tomorrow, would be missed for a very long time.

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Achebe’s Bequest to the Nigerian Child

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In 1965, the BBC accepted and broadcast my short story, Strange Encounter, on the Writers’ Club Programme. It was read by Tonie Tucker and discussed, with high commendation, by Edward Blishen. Little did 1 know that the warm reception of my work was facilitated by the seminal book of the great Chinua Achebe’s Things Fall Apart, published in 1958!

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Anambra stands still for Achebe

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AWKA, the capital of Anambra State stood still yesterday as the body of the literary icon, Professor Chinua Achebe arrived the state for its final journey to Ogidi, his home town, in Idemili North local government area where it will be interred later today.

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Achebe – The Icon And Greatest Anti-Corruption Crusader

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Many well-meaning Nigerians and international figures have said so much in tribute to this literary giant since his death on March 21, 2013. The world is celebrating Chinua Achebe! What else can my humble self say about him?

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Achebe: The politics, and persuasions of a prolific writer

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Achebe-cartoon

Prof. Chinua Achebe was a literary giant who used the power of erudition to project persuasive and powerful political points. Little is known today of the sharp disagreement between the late Prof. Albert Chinualumogu Achebe and the late Senator Barkin Zuwo in the days after the controversial 1983 elections.

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Early morning rain as Achebe’s body arrives Anambra

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Women Wing of Ogidi Union during the airport reception for the Late Playwright, Prof Chinua Achebe at the Private Wing, Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, yesterday. Photo: Abayomi Adeshida.

EARLY morning rains welcomed the body of the late literary giant, Professor Chinua Achebe to Anambra State as the people prepare to troupe into the famous Alex Ekwueme square in the state capital to attend ceremonies lined up for him by the state government and the burial committees.

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Elegy for a nation

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Late Prof Chinua Achebe

AH, Chinua, are you grapevine wired?
It sings: our nation is not dead, not clinically
Yet. Now this may come as a surprise to you,
It was to me.

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Anambra govt urges workers to attend Achebe’s burial

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AWKA—ATTENDANCE of today’s ceremonies in Awka for the burial of the late Professor Chinua Achebe is mandatory for civil servants in Anambra State, the Secretary to the State Government, SSG, Mr. Oseloka Obaze, has said.

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Achebe remains arrive, begin final journey

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Anglican priest Owen Nwokolo prays in front of the coffin bearing the body of late Nigerian writer Chinua Achebe upon arrival at Abuja airport, on May 21, 2013. The body of Achebe, the author of internationally acclaimed novel "Things Fall Apart" and a towering figure in African literature, arrived in Abuja two months after his death in a US hospital. He is due to be buried in his native town of Ogidi on May 23, 2013. AFP PHOTO/PIUS UTOMI EKPEI

AT 6. 00am yesterday, the remains of 82-year-old Nigeria’s literary icon Chinua Achebe, who died in a Boston hospital arrived Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja from his US-base. The body was released by government officials led by the Secretary to the Federal Government, Chief Anyim Pius Ayim.

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Enugu receives Achebe’s body

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The remains of the departed literary icon, Professor Chinua Achebe arrived Enugu at exactly 12.35pm today.

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Achebe’s body arrives Abuja

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Achebe-remains

The remains of celebrated writer, Chinua Achebe arrived Abuja, the federal capital territory, Tuesday morning and was received at the Nnamdi Azikiwe Airport by government officials, writers, cultural organisations and other associates.

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Jonathan, Ngige, Obi, others eulogise Achebe

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President Goodluck Jonathan has said Professor Achebe’s truthful interventions in Nigeria’s affairs will be greatly missed.

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Achebe, A Man Ahead Of His Generation, By Prof Bart Nnaji

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Chinualumogu  Achebe, Professor of English, father of modern African literature

Professor Chinua Achebe had left the University of Massachusetts about a decade before I joined the same University in 1983 as Professor and Director of the Automation and Robotics laboratory. At the time, Achebe’s reputation was still looming large at UMass. On realizing that Achebe and I came from the same country and the same state in Nigeria (old Anambra State), students and professors as well as non-academic staff ceaselessly asked me questions about Achebe—about his health, his family, his books and, of course, about the legendary village of Umuofia in his epic novel, Things Fall Apart. Poor fellows! My only contact with Achebe then was only through his books which I thoroughly enjoyed reading while in high school.

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Ogidi agog for Achebe as Obi inspects his final resting place

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BY VINCENT UJUMADU AWKA- OGIDI, the home town of the late literary icon, Professor Chinua Achebe is set to receive the body of their illustrious son, who would be buried in the community on Thursday. Various groups and organizations have been meeting to put finishing touches on the programme as the town is expected to

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Anambra ready for Achebe’s burial – Gov. Obi

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Ogidi (Anambra) – Gov. Peter Obi of Anambra, on Sunday said that the state was ready to accord Prof. Chinua Achebe a befitting burial. Obi stated this while inspecting the St. Philip’s Anglican Church, Ogidi in Idemili North Local Government Area, where the burial service will take place on May 23. The governor had inspected

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Name National Library after Achebe- Prof Nwala

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Chairman of the Achebe National Transition Committee, Prof. Uzodinma Nwala also asked the federal government to name the National library after the departed novelist.

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Okonjo-Iweala, Maku, Okoh, Ndukwe pay tributes as Achebe burial rites begin

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Primate of All Nigeria Anglican Communion, The Most Rev. NIcholas Okoh flanked by Finance MInister, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala and Member Achebe Burial Committee, Prof. Uzordinma Nwagi while Information MInister, Mr. Malaran Maku (r); Wife of former Senate President, Senator Magery Chuba-Okadigbo (L); Anambra State Deputy Governor, Mr. Emeka Sibeudu (2L) and Former FCT CAN Chairman, Rev. Williams Okoye (2R) join in a group photograph after the Commendation Service in honour and Memory of Prof. Chinualomogu Achebe at the National Christian Centre, Abuja. Photo: Abayomi Adeshida.

The burial rites for eminent novelist, Prof Chinua Achebe who died on March 21 in the United States began Sunday in Abuja with a commendation service at the National Christian Centre, Abuja.

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Countdown to May 23:  My favourite Achebe’s proverb 

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Chinualumogu  Achebe, Professor of English, father of modern African literature

No one captures the essence of proverbs better than Africa’s highly celebrated writer Chinua Achebe, when he wrote,”  proverbs are the palm oil with which words are eaten” Vanguard presents few of Achebe’s words of wisdom collected from his written works. Which is your favourite? If we have omitted your most preffered , you can add

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Achebe’s body arrives today

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Chinua Achebe

The remains of celebrated writer, Chinua Achebe is expected to be flown into the country, today to kick-start a week-long burial rites. Achebe died on March 21, 2013 at 82.

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Achebe is Nigeria’s hero, says Metuh

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ABUJA—NATIONAL Publicity Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Chief Olisa Metuh, Thursday, said that Nigerians have voted the late literary icon, Professor Chinua Achebe as the Nigerian patriot whose selflessness inspired many since independence.

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Chinua Achebe’s day of tributes

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It was, indeed, a day of tributes yesterday for the late literary icon, Professor Chinua Achebe, as dignitaries from all walks of life gathered to pay him tributes for promoting and showcasing excellence in his life time.

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Senate urges FG to grant Achebe state burial

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THE Senate yesterday urged the Federal Government to grant the late novelist, Professor Chinua Achebe, a state burial and name a major federal highway or street in Abuja after him.

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Authors, academics honour Achebe

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MEMBERS of the Association of Nigerian Authors, ANA, academic gurus and public servants yesterday in Awka held what was tagged ‘A day with Achebe’ during which they reflected on the writings of the late literary giant, Professor Chinua Achebe, who died in the United States of America, USA, early this year.

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