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To: H-WEST-AFRICA@H-NET.MSU.EDU CC: H-AFRICA@H-NET.MSU.EDU, H-AFRO-AM@H-NET.MSU.EDU Date: Tue, 26 Mar 2013 11:23:21 -0500 X-Posted from H-NET List for African Literature and Cinema <H-AFRLITCINE@H-NET.MSU.EDU> From: Mark L Lilleleht <mllillel@WISC.EDU> _________ From: Joyce Ashuntantang <email@example.com> Date: 26 March 2013 An extract from "That Man Was One Of The Greatest Men In Nigeria, Africa, You Drove Him To Tell Stories And Now He Will Live Forever" http://www.joyceash.com/2013/03/that-man-was-one-of-the-greatest-men-in-nigeria-africa-you-drove-him-to-tell-stories-and-now-he-will.html "It is difficult to know where to begin to pay tribute to the Eagle on the Iroko, but fortunately he gave me "a mouth with which to tell my story." He unchained my African tongue from its colonial hinges, so I could confidently say "My spirit tells me" instead of "I have a hunch." Chinua Achebe has to his credit more than thirty published works of fiction, poetry, children?s literature, non-fiction and critical essays including the recently published "There Was a Country: A Personal History of Biafra", which has continued to shape the trajectory of African literature around the world. Even more fascinating, was his invention of a new dialect of English which many African writers adopted for their fiction. So today, three days after the news spread to the whole world that Omenka, the master artist, has breathed his last, my spirit tells me: All is well; the master still lives."