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On The Passing Of Professor Chinua Achebe (1930-2013)

By Oguchi Nkwocha, MD
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We mourn, as our duty, the passing of our beloved Chinua; but this is certainly overtaken by the compelling celebration of an exemplary life that has positively touched every corner and every culture of this planet and all peoples of the world. Through his literary works, Achebe speaks to us convincingly about Life being really large, while Living itself is really local—an intense personal dynamic relationship with forces and things locally linked, yet building out a web that will eventually not be constrained by any dimensions—there is no contradiction.

Like all great men and all great lives, Achebe refused to move on until that “one last thing” that had to be done was accomplished: the unfinished business of Biafra. “THERE WAS A COUNTRY. A PERSONAL HISTORY OF BIAFRA” (The Penguin Press, New York, 2012), tells the true story of Biafra, truly; as only Achebe can. There are many ways the world may choose to remember this star, and deservedly so; but Chinua Achebe, an Igboman, an African, a World-man, is telling us, through his last work, that he chooses as his lasting legacy, Biafra. Let the world take note of that: especially, the Biafrans. Achebe lives; Biafra lives.

We do.

Signed by:
Prof. Emmanuel Enekwechi
On behalf of:
Biafra Government in Exile (BGIE)
Biafra Liberation in Exile (BILIE)
Biafra Foundation (BF)

Submitted by Oguchi Nkwocha, MD
Nwa Biafra
A Biafran Citizen
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