It has been two years since the passing of the world-renowned Nigerian literary icon and social critic, Chinua Achebe. The man of letters passed on January 21st, 2013 in a Boston hospital after a brief illness, leaving many Nigerians in shock and rattling the literary world.
The much-admired Professor Achebe meant (and still means) different things to different people. He was described by South African Nobel Laureate, Nadine Gordimer, as the father of modern African literature.
Likewise, South Africa’s anti-apartheid hero and former President, Nelson Mandela, eulogized him as the one who “brought Africa to the rest of the world” and as “the writer in whose company the prison walls came down” during his 27-year incarceration in Robben Island.