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A Legend Goes Home! Chinua Achebe buried in His Home Town, Ogidi in Anambra State



The great literary genius Chinua Achebe was buried in his home town of Ogidi yesterday, 23rd May 2013. We remember him with fond memories. The life he lived, the stories he told and the principles he stood for. Professor Achebe died at the age of 82 in Boston, USA.

Hundreds of people came out to give the great Achebe a befitting farewell. Nigerian President, Goodluck Jonathan was also in attendance and he read short passages from Achebe’s work.  Referring to Achebe’s book “There Was A Country”, the president said ” All of us must work together so that our children will know there is a country.

Rest in peace Chinua Achebe.

Here are some photos from the ceremony.

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Listen to a short clip of Achebe’s interview with Veronique Edwards of the BBC World Service.

Photo Credit: | BBC News


  1. chuks

    May 24, 2013 at 3:13 pm

    Rest in peace papa, you made me

  2. Mz Socially Awkward...

    May 24, 2013 at 4:09 pm

    We will miss you, Chinua but your legacy lives in your writing. I pray that God receives you unto Himself.

  3. Nomy

    May 24, 2013 at 4:10 pm

    A very great man! We celebrate him!

  4. tatafo

    May 24, 2013 at 4:29 pm

    Goodnight Pa Achebe.

  5. 'Mide

    May 24, 2013 at 5:26 pm

    As much as some of his writings may be disagreeable, I hope people let this man rest in peace. He was a giant amongst men. He did his bit. And has left the younger generation the opportunity to stand on his towering “shoulders” to seek and create a country where justice and fairness reigns for all.

  6. Someone

    May 24, 2013 at 6:28 pm This guy is very serious about what he came there to do.

  7. Rukky

    May 24, 2013 at 9:53 pm

    still can’t believe this is happening

  8. Teddy Bear

    May 24, 2013 at 10:16 pm

    Rest in Peace, Chinua Achebe.

  9. Kamarudeen Mustapha

    May 24, 2013 at 10:30 pm

    When Achebe was buried
    President Jonathan was there
    And president Mahama too
    Together with Chief Nanga
    They gave the encomiums
    He would never have taken
    while alive
    For they are part of the pack
    He never broke a trust with
    Alas!death has called the bluff
    of this titan
    And the tingods have stolen the
    Brandishing smiles of triumph
    When we mourn the demise
    Of the conscience of Africa
    Will there be a country again
    Where there was one
    Now that the mother hens
    Are made with hawkish genes
    And falcon’s inclination

    • koko

      June 4, 2013 at 10:56 am

      ure simply amazing……………

  10. mujer casada

    May 24, 2013 at 11:41 pm

    Nice casket!

  11. Paschal Nwosu

    May 25, 2013 at 1:38 am

    Prof Chinua Achebe, u are d greatest of all greats, a writer with a difference.. i pray by d grace of God i’ll name my son after u.. RIP sir. God loves u more.. LeGeNd

  12. NNENNE

    May 25, 2013 at 4:14 am



  14. Nk

    May 25, 2013 at 11:55 am

    RIP to a great man……….

  15. nnenne

    May 25, 2013 at 1:16 pm

    Rest in peace great man.

  16. kemi

    May 25, 2013 at 7:36 pm

    a true legend…Respect!

  17. BidiBang

    May 25, 2013 at 8:44 pm

    awww God bless and Rest in Peace…everyone knows about you…you sure did make your print on history!!

  18. Prof.Wole Soyinka

    May 25, 2013 at 10:23 pm

    I Love you brother,you inspired my works. RIP

  19. kikelomo

    May 26, 2013 at 12:56 pm

    Rest in peace, papa.

  20. splendidsolo

    May 26, 2013 at 2:08 pm

    Achebe if only tears will bring you back, we would have supplied more than required. The legend as you join your ancesstors, we your fans and loved wish that you rest in the bosom of the Almighty. Adieu Achebe.

  21. Glossy

    May 27, 2013 at 10:26 am

    Rest in Peace great one, Adieu!

  22. Foluke

    May 27, 2013 at 3:29 pm

    Rest in Peace, great man!

    *Prof Wole Soyinka visits Bellanaija? Interesting! Who knows, might be an impersonation sef! Lol!

    • i no send

      May 27, 2013 at 8:04 pm

      its very doubtful if you follow his work you would know it is highly unlikely for him to speak like that

  23. Princeton

    May 28, 2013 at 8:39 am

    Chinua Achebe is indeed a Legend and one of the finest Nigeria! Rest in Peace.

  24. Aboubakary Abuu Abuu

    September 24, 2014 at 11:38 pm

    Though its being written that as long as your a human being or any other creature that you had have being created by God death is an obligatory yes I agree but the death of Chinua whom I wished to teach me even within a minutes , real his journey embarrassed and hurts me more. May almighty God site his soul in peaceful and gracious place and at his back were in the same line.

  25. JustPower

    September 17, 2020 at 5:03 pm

    Rip, Legend.

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