Achebe on his homeland: not yet “communal” enough

Chinua Achebe’s refusal to accept an award from Nigeria’s president is the latest example of the great writer’s ambivalence towards his homeland. The author of Things Fall Apart, the most acclaimed novel ever written in English by an African, Achebe has long disapproved over government, governance and public affairs in his beloved Nigeria. The 80-year-old Achebe, who was paralysed from the waist down after a car accident in 1990, won the Man Booker International Prize in 2007 for his literary career

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