Chinua Achebe – But I liked Yeats! That…

But I liked Yeats! That wild Irishman. I really loved his love of language, his…


“But I liked Yeats! That wild Irishman. I really loved his love of language, his flow. His chaotic ideas seemed to me just the right thing for a poet. Passion! He was always on the right side. He may be wrongheaded, but his heart was always on the right side. He wrote beautiful poetry.”
-Chinua Achebe

Chinua Achebe – I tell my students, it’s…

I tell my students, it’s not difficult to identify with somebody like yourself, somebody next…


“I tell my students, it’s not difficult to identify with somebody like yourself, somebody next door who looks like you. What’s more difficult is to identify with someone you don’t see, who’s very far away, who’s a different color, who eats a different kind of food. When you begin to do that then literature is really performing its wonders.”
-Chinua Achebe

Chinua Achebe – In fact, I thought that…

In fact, I thought that Christianity was very a good and a very valuable thing…


“In fact, I thought that Christianity was very a good and a very valuable thing for us. But after a while, I began to feel that the story that I was told about this religion wasn’t perhaps completely whole, that something was left out.”
-Chinua Achebe

Chinua Achebe – When the British came to…

When the British came to Ibo land, for instance, at the beginning of the 20th…


“When the British came to Ibo land, for instance, at the beginning of the 20th century, and defeated the men in pitched battles in different places, and set up their administrations, the men surrendered. And it was the women who led the first revolt.”
-Chinua Achebe