Achebe Gets Posthumous Birthday Honour from Search Engine Giant, Google

 The internet search engine, Google has honoured late Nigerian literary icon, Chinua Achebe on its doodle. Achebe died in March, 2...








 The internet search engine, Google has honoured late Nigerian literary icon, Chinua Achebe on its doodle.

Achebe died in March, 2013 at the age of 82.

The technology giant said on its website Thursday that it honoured Achebe on its doodle (on November 16) as it marks his 87th birthday.

Agency reports have it that Google Doodle is a special logo on Google’s homepage that is always temporarily alternated and intended to celebrate holidays, events, achievements and people.

The online search engine said that Achebe had been honoured to underscore his status as a figure of 20th century literature.

“One man took it upon himself to tell the world the story of Nigeria through the eyes of its own people.

“Chinua Achebe was the studious son of an evangelical priest. A student of English literature, he started writing in the 1950s, choosing English as his medium but weaving the story telling tradition of the Igbo people into his books.

“His characters were insiders, everyday people such as the village chief (in Things Fall Apart); the priest (in Arrow of God) or the school teacher (in A Man of the People).

“Through their stories, we witness a Nigeria at the crossroads of civilization, culture and generations” Google said.

The search engine added that Achebe’s pen brought to life the land and traditions of the Igbo, the hum of everyday village life; the anticipation and excitement of sacred masquerades.

Google restated that Achebe’s pen also brought to life the stories of the elders and the honour of warriors; the joy of family and the grief of loss.

It specified Achebe was considered by many to be the father of modern African literature and so was awarded the Man Booker Prize in 2007.





For Chinua Achebe @ 87.

By Dare Lasisi

You died as the Man of the people and Voice of your race
Achebe, Achebest, foremost African storyteller
You're the golden son from Ogidi town in Southeast Nigeria


Beware of ides of March as Shakespeare once forewarned.
March 22,1990, road accident crippled you from waist down
March 21,2013, you kicked the bucket in Boston America
You championed the battle for liberation with your pen

You challenged Joseph Conrad for his incurable racism
You rejected national honours from enemies of the people
You taught the whites how to write African stories
You came, you saw,you wrote, you liberated and you inspired

Things fall apart when the arrow of God is no longer at ease
Children of butchers now scavenging for bones
From the garbage bins of their internal colonialists
Chinua Achebe, turn with anger in your grave

Chris Okigbo must be so glad to welcome you
Cyprian Ekwensi must be dancing to embrace you again
Achebe, Move to the deepest of the earth as a Legend
Rest in perfect peace, Foremost African Storyteller.

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