On the rise – and cost – of the African novel in English


When I think of the quest for African literature in one of the local languages of the African soil, the name of Ngugi wa Thiongo springs to my mind. He started writing in his own vernecular. In this article by his son Mukoma the name of Chinua Achebe is mentioned, that was a bit of … Continue reading On the rise – and cost – of the African novel in English

Celebrating Chinua Achebe


This year is a festive year for 60 years ago the Nigerian writer Chinua Achebe published his now famous Things fall apart. At many platforms writers and publishers and book lovers will pay attention to this occasion. To many the publication of this book is a landmark in African history, not just in the narrower … Continue reading Celebrating Chinua Achebe

Chinua Achebe: Things Fall Apart


This year there is time for a literary celebration for it is 60 years ago that the now famous novel Things Fall Apart was published. It has been written by the Nigerian author Chinua Achebe. It was a publication during the last days of the colonial rule. The novel showed the clash between the old … Continue reading Chinua Achebe: Things Fall Apart

Things Fall Apart@60: Why we’re celebrating in 11 African countries


It must have been one the first books that I have read coming from the continent. The now classic ‘Things fall apart’ but the Nigerian writer Chinua Achebe. He wrote about a society falling apart due to outside influences. Now the novel is celebrating its 60th birthday. A landmark in Nigerian and African literature. Read … Continue reading Things Fall Apart@60: Why we’re celebrating in 11 African countries