Chinua Achebe Week
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Weekly Roundup: Chinua Achebe, Wole Soyinka and the “Ikwa ozu”

The Oxonian Review presents the Weekly Roundup, featuring websites and articles the editorial staff have found interesting, illuminating, or otherwise noteworthy.

This week’s articles revolve around Chinua Achebe (right), to whom ORbits has been paying tribute this week after he died on 21 March 2013. He was buried yesterday on Thursday 23rd May 2013.

1. “Chinua Achebe“, The Economist: “A small man with an impish smile under his floppy berets, he teased and spoke in riddles, in part to mask a growing rage.”

2. “Chinua Achebe: A Poet of Global Encounters“, Africa is a Country: Jesse Weaver Shipley offers a personal account of his encounters with Achebe.

3. “Achebe Not Father Of African Literature, Says Soyinka”, OsunDefender: “I must tell you that, at the beginning, I was very skeptical of the Heinemann’s African Series. As a literary practitioner, my instinct tends towards a suspicion of ‘ghetto’ classifications—which I did feel this was bound to be…” The full interview with Wole Soyinka.

4. ““Igbo burials: How Nigeria will bid farewell to Achebe”“, BBC News: Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani explains the processes of the “Ikwa ozu”.

5. “How to Write about Africa”, Granta: An extract from Binyavanga Wainaina’s deeply ironic One Day I Will Write About This Place, paying homage to Achebe through its deconstruction of mis-representations of the African continent.


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