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“On the Passing of Chinua Achebe” – Wole Soyinka & J.P. Clark release Joint Statement on Achebe’s Death linking it to Kano Bombings



Yesterday, we were shocked to hear about the death of Nigeria’s literary icon, Chinua Achebe.

The renowned novelist, poet, and author of the classic novel, ‘Things Fall Apart‘ passed away in Boston, U.S.A and since then, tributes and condolences have been pouring in.

He reportedly died after suffering from an undisclosed ailment and although the nature of the ailment has not been revealed, veteran writers and Achebe’s compatriots, Prof. Wole Soyinka and J.P. Clark, have said his death may not be unconnected to the bomb attacks that occurred in Kano on Monday.

In a joint statement they issued on Friday which was made available to Punch, they described him as “a brother, a colleague, a trailblazer”.

The statement entitled “On the Passing of Chinua Achebe,” read:

“For us, the loss of Chinua Achebe is, above all else, intensely personal. We have lost a brother, a colleague, a trailblazer and a doughty fighter.

“Of the ‘pioneer quartet’ of contemporary Nigerian literature, two voices have been silenced – one, of the poet Christopher Okigbo, and now, the novelist Chinua Achebe.

“It is perhaps difficult for outsiders of that intimate circle to appreciate this sense of depletion, but we take consolation in the young generation of writers to whom the baton has been passed, those who have already creatively ensured that there is no break in the continuum of the literary vocation.

“We need to stress this at a critical time of Nigerian history, where the forces of darkness appear to overshadow the illumination of existence that literature represents.

“These are forces that arrogantly pride themselves implacable and brutal enemies of what Chinua and his pen represented, not merely for the African continent, but for humanity.

“Indeed, we cannot help wondering if the recent insensate massacre of Chinua’s people in Kano, only a few days ago, hastened the fatal undermining of that resilient will that had sustained him so many years after his crippling accident.”

Even though he lived far away in U.S.A, Achebe was still connected to his roots and followed closely the happenings in Nigeria.

Adeola Adeyemo is a graduate of Industrial Relations and Personnel Management from University of Lagos. However, her passion is writing and she worked as a reporter with NEXT Newspaper. She believes that anything can be written about; anything can be a story depending on the angle it is seen from and the writer's imagination. When she is not writing news or feature articles, she slips into her fantasies and creates interesting fiction pieces. She blogs at


  1. kilipot

    March 23, 2013 at 10:19 am

    “May not be unconnected”… Maybe, maybe not…nobody knows. wish him eternal rest.

    • Sonia

      March 23, 2013 at 10:52 am

      why are you repeating d obvious?

    • rabboni

      March 24, 2013 at 6:16 pm


  2. Anthony I. O.

    March 23, 2013 at 10:56 am

    Lets pray for God’s intervention into the security situation in Nigerian to avoid more blood shades that is capable of killing compatriot Nigerians. Chinua started for this nation, this continent and for the entire humanity, and has equally died 4 his love for his people if he really died as a result of the Kano bomb attach. May his soul rest in perfect peace in Jesus name.

    • uby

      March 24, 2013 at 3:00 pm

      lmao…”blood shades”? you are definitely ino

  3. Idn1

    March 23, 2013 at 11:00 am

    In addition to the recent Kano blasts, the reckless presidential pardon contributed a great deal.
    Jonathan should go ahead and pardon Al-Mustapha & every Nigerian in the prison so we can have a brand new start.

  4. "there was a country"

    March 23, 2013 at 11:22 am

    “Women and music can not be dated-Chinua Achebe

  5. Author Chukwudi Obiorah

    March 23, 2013 at 11:26 am

    I wish i can get to the extent that Achebe has gone.may God help me and 4 Achebe,may ur soul rest in peace.AMEN

    • elaiho mcphee uyi

      March 23, 2013 at 4:24 pm

      you can get there if you try

  6. Chyke

    March 23, 2013 at 11:35 am

    I don’t think it was connected to the bomb blasts o..oh well, I may not know. R.I.P Achebe. Uncle Wole pls I wish u long life. I wish Uncle J.P too.

  7. elleven45

    March 23, 2013 at 11:35 am

    They should pardon the yahoo boys too.

    • Deeolar

      March 25, 2013 at 11:46 am


  8. Joe

    March 23, 2013 at 11:57 am

    Let his soul rest in perfect peace

  9. Okwu Udeagbala

    March 23, 2013 at 12:41 pm

    Daddy, Late Professor Albert Chinualumogu Achebe… I promise; My works: voice overs, books, lectures, movies, music, leadership will make your spirit proud… You Are my MODEL…

  10. many people

    March 23, 2013 at 1:00 pm


  11. NNENNE

    March 23, 2013 at 1:17 pm

    What has the pardoning got to do with the massacring of the Igbos anyway?
    If a bomb is thrown in a bus terminal owned by an Igbo, then definitely you want Igbos dead!
    The huge question is why???
    Jonathan is not an Igbo man,the people that were pardoned are not Igbos.
    The North do not want the Igbos yet they will go to war rather than let them go.
    Is the whole world still watching????

  12. topsy

    March 23, 2013 at 1:34 pm

    May his soul rest in perfect peace.

  13. kikelomo

    March 23, 2013 at 4:52 pm

    May his soul rest in perfect peace…Amen

  14. ToyosiOla

    March 23, 2013 at 5:48 pm

    May his soul rest in peace.
    My tribute to him:

  15. Abdulazeez K.z.

    March 23, 2013 at 7:36 pm

    indeed ‘Things had really fallen apart’ adieu Chinua!

  16. Abdulazeez Kazeem

    March 23, 2013 at 7:44 pm

    may Bro. Jero sorry Wole S. and uncle Clark J.P. live longer!

  17. Abraham Waigi

    March 23, 2013 at 10:45 pm

    What a gift to Mankind. Thank Almighty God for the works that his prophet leaves behind for us al. He lives and he speaks still! Rest in Peace, Papa, Achebe

  18. Sara Adebayo

    March 23, 2013 at 10:52 pm

    Thank you for making my childhood filled of memories of nice African litterature: THINGS FALL APART! RIP Chief Achebe

  19. Edward

    March 24, 2013 at 1:15 am

    RIP, the trailblazer, Father Of African Literature. RIP, my role model- Professor Chinua Achebe.

  20. Ikenna

    March 24, 2013 at 1:25 am

    “One Of The Truest Tests Of Integrity Is Its Blunt Refusal To Be Compromised”- Prof. Chinua Achebe. (…and if I may add: in my view, one of the greatest quotes of all time.)

  21. Primrose

    March 24, 2013 at 3:23 pm

    Things have falen apart, indeed the center cannot hold!!! Prof Achebe, you left your mark on life itself and life left its mark on you. when people like you and my father pass on, I feel so much anguish because yours was the generation that truly lived for country and people. Today we live for self. We believe in this falsehood of me, myself and I that leads us to decisions that dont even take account of the long term impacts of bad judgment on us, the decision makers. Our vision is so myopic and limited by greed and personal interest, we forget that we belong to the circle of life, where everyone, every decision, every action is invariably connected. Your demise is a true loss to Nigeria, Africa and the world. If I lived in Nigeria, I would attend your funeral. None can replace you. None indeed.

  22. adeola

    March 24, 2013 at 6:24 pm

    a great man, he left a legacy that can never be forgotten. thats the kind of life we should pursue, leaving a legacy not just a legacy, but a long lasting one. his
    soul rests in peace

  23. Choice

    March 24, 2013 at 10:29 pm

    Rest in The Lord bossom

  24. johnkennedy

    April 9, 2013 at 9:35 am

    rest in perfect peace , chief echebe

  25. Everphil

    May 21, 2013 at 10:38 am

    We have lost the good user of the mighty pen,whose life was to seek liberation for a generation yet unknown.Just after your death,Heroes have decided to contend with your corpse.We hope we can stand for the truth even when it affects our parents.
    Adieu,Great One!

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