If I were Prof.Chinua Achebe...
posted on Monday, June 25, 2007 11:15 AM
One morning a few days ago i tuned my little transistor radio to BBC and was glad I did. One of Nigeria’s famous writers Chinua Achebe has been awarded one of the most prestigious awards in literature the 2007 Man Booker International Prize for fiction !
Chinua Achebe started his career a long time ago…before Nigeria gained her independence.He was one of those intellectuals like the nobel Laureates Wole Soyinka, who stood agains military dictatoraship and curruption in the political class.
Hard work pays. Professor Achebe has been writing for about 50 year, although he has not been awarded the Nobel Prize for literature, I think his contribution, not only to the literary world, but to the soci-political development of Nigeria, is one that will be remembered for as long as world exist.
I want to assure Professor Achebe that though “things fall apart” and we are “No Longer At Ease” Nigeria will rise to her challenges. The future is bright for Nigeria.
If I were Chinua Achebe, I will continue to preach the sermon of change and still believe in my country Nigeria. “I know you do Prof. No wonder you rejected the national award given you by the Obansanjo administration, you wanted something more than national honor, what’s honor when there are thousands of people out there who are “no longer at ease…” in his last interview with the BBC i saw that Prof .Achebe still believes in the new Nigeria.
If I were Chinua Achebe, I will use a part of the 60,000 pound to start-up a fund that will support young writer in Nigeria, especially those below the age of 30 in rural communities without access to good learing facilities.
Wherever you are around the world, celebrate this great man that has distinguished himself.
“Nothing succeeds like success”
check out more info here:
www.guardian.co.uk/uk_news/story/0,,2101414,00.html - 38k –
news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment/6745609.stm - 38k - 20 Jun 2007 -