Writer Chinua Achebe was born in the village of Ogidi in eastern Nigeria. At the age of eight, Achebe began to learn English. When he was 14, he was one of a few boys selected to attend the government college at Umuahia, which was one of the best schools in west Africa. InAchebe enrolled at University College, Ibadan, which was a new school. He intended to study medicine, but he soon switched to English literary studies.
While at school, he contributed stories, essays, and sketches to the University Herald; these pieces were collected in Girls at War and Other Stories. He made as his goal effectively and realistically communicating the stories of the African people, particularly the Igbo civilization. Achebe worked as a teacher in his first year out of school. Then he began a career as a producer for the Nigerian Broadcasting Corporation.
He remained there for twelve years, and was appointed director of the external broadcasting show, Voice of Nigeria. Inhe went to London to attend the British Broadcasting Corporation staff school where one of his teachers was novelist and literary critic, Gilbert Phelps.
Phelps recommended Achebe's work for publication. It presents an account of colonial history from the point of view of the colonized. His writing also encouraged Achebe to learn about his native culture and to accurately depict it with his words. He did so by interviewing older people and reading the writings of colonial administrators and missionaries.
The novel has since been translated into 45 different languages. Incivil war broke out in Nigeria. The eastern region declared itself the independent state of Biafra. In works published since then, Achebe has continued to explore 20th-century Nigerian life. Achebe also published essay collections on literary and political subjects, particularly focusing on the role of the African writer in society.
Achebe was also a well-published poet. InAchebe fled to Europe from the repressive Nigerian regime, which threatened to jail him. Inhe was named a goodwill ambassador to the world by the United Nations Population Fund. He died in Boston in Prose Home Harriet Blog. Visit Home Events Exhibitions Library.
Newsletter Subscribe Give. Poetry Foundation. Back to Previous. Chinua Achebe. Portrait of Chinua AchebeNigerian novelist, poet and critic. New York City, New York. March 6, Poems by Chinua Achebe. Answer Flying NON-commitment. More About this Poet. Region: Africa.
Poems by This Poet.I enjoyed the read of this mystical land. Add to list. I Am From Nigeria I am from Nigeria When I opened my eyes Nigeria wears green and white uniform For a supposed life of plenty and purity Where natural goods dine and dance Where her real children dine and dance Her problems, songs, drums and trumpets Building her in the world's watching eyes.
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I am from Nigeria Where I cried my first cry Where I dreamt my first dream In my father's house Circled round and round by thatch fence Where I smiled my first smile On my mother's black laps Where I drank my first sweetness From my mother's black breast Where I discovered love From my mother's eyes Where I learnt how to be a man From my father's gurgling voice Where I learnt how to dance atilogwu!
By watching the dancing youngsters. I am from Nigeria Where I so the monstrous face of war, Nigeria is now colonized by the worst rulers Under the strict and merciless authority of corruption Which they instituted with their greedy hands Yes! Nigeria is unified in papers But divided in the real reality Yes! Nigeria is a land Butchers and expensive thieves decide Where fortunate few select When we should all elect, Where the imposing shadow of democracy Instead of democracy is practised.
The land is rough Yes! The rulers are deaf Should I run away? When running away won't solve the problems We her fearless children have to defeat The fear that makes us faint We have to join hands on the bloody and sweaty rope To pull down the old and bloody foundation of Nigeria To build a new foundation for Nigeria.
I am from Nigeria The thunder clap of Africa The giant of Africa The land of great men and women The land of different tongues and tribes, Nigeria, the only land we can call our own Where the people are suffering and smiling Because the future is the only bright light we can see. Atilogwu is a kind of energetic dance done by youngsters mostly in southeast Nigeria. Likes: OptiMystique To reply, click a comment. Glistinin - Thank you for commenting.
SophiaWright - This poem is beautiful, full of national pride and passion! I love the way you write! Little note : "so", do you mean "sew"?
As in reap the affects of war? There is much in your poem about Nigeria which I did not know and I am pleased you stand up like a man and write about the truth. Well done. Cliff from South Africa. Glistinin - Thank you so much for commenting so wonderfully. Thank you.A gifted poet. I always enjoy reading your poems. Thank you for inspiring.
Keep writing your amazingly meaningful poems that need no verbosity. Hello, Keep writing your amazing works, you are a skillful poet, you know how to use words economically in your poem, always we wait for new and creative writing from you in both languages.
Thanks for sharing with us your inspirations. Thank you all for your comments. Linda Stearns, of course you can. I am printing one of my woodblocks as a card and would like to use the poem " Turtle" which is very short. May I? Thank you.
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One nation bound in freedom Peace and unity they sang more like a plea, it was Oh the national anthem. My fathers land I do serve with pain. How can one nation be bound in freedom, peace, and unity? When the other tribe sees the other as inferior. What peace is there? What freedom is there? When the voices of the people is not heard. Our fathers land, now like a shirt torn apart Our fathers land suddenly a dream it is.
Our fathers land, weeps for redemption. Our fathers land, cries to be rescued. Our fathers land, once an envy, now a torn in the flesh. What has happened to our fathers land? Our fathers land, is a poem that portrays an actual picture of the words in the National Anthem; peace, freedom and unity being the opposite of what we see today.
The poet states that strength is now a weakness, due to the many things going wrong in the country. The poets says the land needs redemption and asks the rhetorical question of what must have happened to Nigeria. Poet, Writer and Storyteller. I help you build the passion to write, and keep ink flowing on paper. Tags: breaking news happening now in nigeria nigeria breaking news nigeria news today headlines nigeria newspapers poems about nigeria independence poems about nigerian culture poems on my country nigeria things happenening in nigeria today thisday nigeria news what happened in nigeria this week what happened to nigeria what is going on in nigeria today.
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Zainab also allowed me to record her recitation of my Peace poem in English and in the Yoruba languages. I have posted some of my Peace project videos on YouTube. I hope that people who do not know much about this subject can watch the video, learn and enjoy as much as I do.
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Ati eba to ba dake joko ton wo orun lo soke ati esale. Je ki alaafia wa si odo re ni orishishi. The number of speakers of Yoruba was estimated at around 20 million in the s. A variety of the language, Lucumifrom olukunmi is used as the liturgical language of the Santeria religion of CubaPuerto Ricoand the Dominican Republic. It is most closely related to the Owo Itsekiri language spoken in the Niger-Delta and Igala spoken in central Nigeria.
Yoruba is classified within the Edekiri languageswhich together with the isolate Igala form the Yoruboid group of languages within the Volta-Niger branch of the Niger-Congo phylum. The linguistic unity of the Niger-Congo phylum dates to deep prehistory, estimates ranging around 15 kya the end of the Upper Paleolithic. The Atlantic—Congo core of this group would have formed roughly 8, years ago. The Yoruba group are assumed to have developed out of undifferentiated Volta—Niger populations by the 1st millennium BC.
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World Poetry Day is the occasion to honour poets, revive oral traditions of poetry recitals, promote the reading, writing and teaching of poetry, foster the convergence between poetry and other arts such as theatre, dance, music and painting, and raise the visibility of poetry in the media. He was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature, the first African to be honoured in that category.
Soyinka has written many poems and plays, as well as books. His contribution to the culture and development of this country' poetry is immense. Niyi Osundare is a prolific poet, dramatist and literary critic.
Osundare is renowned for his commitment to socially relevant art and artistic activism. Osundare believes that there is no choice for the African poet but to be political. Osundare regularly contributed poems to a Nigerian national newspaper now part of the collection Songs of the Season that criticised the regime and commented upon the lives of people in Nigeria.
As a result, he was frequently visited by Security Agents and asked to explain his poems and to whom they referred. She remains a revered figure in northern Nigeria. She is held up by some as an example of education and independence of women possible under Islam, and by others as a precursor to modern feminism in Africa.
Philip Begho is an award-winning Nigerian dramatist, children's writer, novelist, short story writer, and poet. He has also engaged in film and theatrical production. His dramatic writing cuts across film, television, radio and the stage, and several of his stage plays have won awards.
He also writes songs and non-fiction works, and his law book Company Formation: Precedents on Objects of Incorporation has gone into several editions. His personal Yoruba poetry ewi albums typically feature Yoruba poetry recited over an orchestra of folk music.
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