The Education of a British-protected child by Chinua Achebe
Onye ji onye n’ani ji onwe ya: “He who will hold another down in the mud must stay in the mud to keep him down was one of my favorite proverb from the book.
Reading the book felt like listening to an elder’s narration of different topics such as colonialism, imperialism, and politics among others, and having the elder chip in personal experience/opinion for clearer understanding.
The book is a collection of 16 essays by Chinua Achebe some of which were delivered as speeches on different occasions from the 90s through the 2000s.
Storytelling is a powerful tool, so powerful that it can effect a change. Chinua Achebe talks about redefining his relationship with Nigeria and he also mentioned in his next reincarnation, he wants to be Nigerian again, I doubt if many Nigerians will want to be, lol.
The author talks about oppressors and branding their victims, in which case we know who is who and the importance of taking charge by writing our own stories. He also mentioned language and diversity and I quite agree with him, “linguistic pluralism” as he puts it is an important determinant of the language we write in.
There is so much to discuss and in all, it is a fantastic read. 5-star rating for me
Originally published at https://orexzgold.blogspot.com on August 1, 2021.