Book review: Delving into Chinua Achebe’s life history


THAT Chinua Achebe was a literary genius is saying what is obvious. However, many don’t know the history and background of this genius and that is why Dr Ayo Elebute’s book, Chinua Achebe: Nigeria’s Legendary Novelist, is a must-read for primary and secondary school pupils, as well as literary lovers.

The book opens with Chinua’s parentage, where the author traces the family lineage to Ogidi, which is now in Anambra State.

While Chinua’s grandfather was a traditionalist, his father, who earlier professed the traditional faith, later became a Christian when some foreign missionaries went to their village to preach to them.

The author chronicles Chinua’s birth and his childhood in…

Source: Nigerian Tribune