Makerere Celebrates Chinua Achebe’s Life

information pills approved geneva; font-size: small;”>Fountain Publisher’s James Tumisiime and Prof. Mahmood Mamdani of Makerere Institute of Social Research inspired a well attended symposium to celebrate the works of a man that is deemed to have turned around the ‘western patriarchy infested African literature’

Convened at the university campus on Saturday, the convention attracted various academicians, politicians and members of the public, all of whom collectively saluted the tremendous works of the fallen African literally icon.

With fresh memories of limousine cruises with the late Chinua in the US a couple of years ago, Prof. Arthur Gakwandi from the university’s department of Literature, applauded him for his resilience to raise above all odds in defense of his tradition at a time when the continent passed though dark ages and was being referred to as a dark continent.

Achebe’s initial works were held pivotal by African Pan -Africanists in the fight for independence of most African country, including the then imprisoned South Africa’s Nelson Mandela who referred to him as ‘a writer in whose company prison wall fell down’


“Throughout his writings dating late 1950’s, Chinua dared refrain from taking sides in ideological debates of his times, which were fiercely ridden along western verses and eastern sentiments.”

“He stood his ground amidst such trying times and told us that a writer must stand aside and build an objective perspective,” said Prof. Gakwandi.

“For adding flavor to the English language with African sayings and proverbs that told the true story of Africa, Achebe’s works won him more and more fans across the continent and world over, to the extent that even non Africans blended easily into Ibo and to some extent African cultures, and stood with us to watch the world fall apart,” he said

Born November 16th 1930, Chinua was widely celebrated with over 40 works accredited to his name, the latest being released in October last year where he tackled Biafran wrangles in Nigerian politics.

“Things Fall Apart,” made him familiar to countless readers across the world throughout his 60 years of active writing, with his name almost becoming synonymous with this 1958 work.

The novel got translations in various languages including Swahili and Luganda, with the latter’s version being titled “Ebyedda Bisasika”, available in leading bookshops around the country.

Speaking at the symposium, Uganda Federal Alliance’s Beti Kamya said that she had fallen in love with the works of deceased about 30 years ago, and could still recite lots of lines from his books.

She added that Achebe’s generation was badly riddled by a colonial hangover, at a time when Africa was at a threshold of independence.

“It is very regrettable however, that today 60 years later, we have not yet moved a step ahead in liberating our minds from this colonially generated way of thinking,” she said.

Kamya went on to fault Africans for clinging onto western cultures and tenets, say in terms of names, language and behavior, unlike other former European colonies in Asia and America , which have learned to re establish their way of life ever since.

She called upon Ugandans and Africans in general to let Chinua Achebe rest in peace, by embracing their mother traditions, a battle that he had taken on throughout his entire life.

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