Okonkwo is born into poverty, with a wastrel for a father. Driven by ambition, he works tirelessly to gain the prosperity of many fields and wives and prestige in his village. But he is harsh as well as diligent. As he sees the traditions of his people eroded by white missionaries and government officials, he lashes out in anger.
"Achebe's Magnum Opus"
Obi Okonkwo is an idealistic young man who returns to Nigeria for a job in the civil service following an education in the UK. Managing to resist the bribes that are offered to him, he falls in love with an unsuitable girl and sinks into emotional and financial turmoil. The lure of easy money becomes harder to refuse, and Obi becomes caught in a trap he cannot escape.
Okonowo is the greatest warrior alive and one of the most powerful men of his clan. Determined not to be like his father, he refuses to show weakness to anyone - even if the only way he can master his feelings is with his fists.
"Took a While But..."
Chris, Ikem and Beatrice are like-minded friends working under a military regime. In an atmosphere of oppression and intimidation they are simply trying to live and love - and remain friends. But with each new betrayal, hope is hard to cling on to. Anthills of the Savannah (1987), is a powerful fusion of angry voices, where Achebe continues to trace the history of modern Africa through colonialism and beyond.
The defining experience of Chinua Achebe's life was the Nigerian civil war, also known as the Biafran War, of 1967-1970. The conflict was infamous for its savage impact on the Biafran people, Chinua Achebe's people, many of whom were starved to death after the Nigerian government blockaded their borders. Immediately after, Achebe took refuge in an academic post in the United States, and for more than 40 years he has maintained a considered silence on the events of those terrible years. Now, decades in the making, comes a towering reckoning with one of modern Africa's most fateful events.
"The Audible Edition Is a Disaster"
In a work that foreshadowed the 1966 Nigerian coup, schoolteacher Odili feuds with his former mentor, now a corrupt government minister. When the two vie viciously for the same seat in an election, their fury leads to revolution.
"Entertaining. Gripping. Insightful. Educational."
Set in 1920s Nigeria, Arrow of God explores the clash between the old and the new when a village's chief priest loses his power, his son, and his sanity to Christianity and white authority.
In the fictional West African nation of Kangan, newly independent of British rule, the hopes and dreams of democracy have been quashed by a fierce military dictatorship. Chris Oriko is a member of the cabinet of the president for life, one of his oldest friends. When the president is charged with censoring the oppositionist editor of the state-run newspaper - another childhood friend - Chris' loyalty and ideology are put to the test.
"Don't waste your time."
Ezeulu is worshipped by the six villages of Umuaro. But he is beginning to find his authority increasingly under threat. Yet he still feels he must be untouchable - surely he is an arrow in the bow of his God? Armed with this belief, he is prepared to lead his people, even if it means destruction and annihilation. Yet the people will not be so easily dominated.
Chinua Achebe's characteristically measured and nuanced voice is everywhere present in the 17 beautifully written pieces contained in this collection. In "The Education of a British-Protected Child," Achebe gives us a vivid portrait of growing up in colonial Nigeria and inhabiting its "middle ground," recalling both his happy memories of reading novels in secondary school and the harsher truths of colonial rule.
"Another gem from Achebe."
The pieces here span reflections on personal and collective identity, on literature, language and politics, and on Achebe's lifelong attempt to reclaim the definition of 'Africa' for its own authorship. For the first thirty years of his life, before Nigeria's independence in 1960, Achebe was officially defined as a 'British Protected Person'. This book is a vivid, ironic and delicately nuanced portrait of growing up in colonial Nigeria.
Efter fire års studier ved et engelsk universitet vender Obi Okonkwo hjem til sit fødeland Nigeria, hvor han får en fornem stilling i administrationen. Obi er en idealistisk ung mand med store forhåbninger til Nigerias fremtid, men han opdager hurtigt, at den udbredte korruption i landet har dybe rødder, der er svære at hugge over.
Okonkwo er kendt viden om som en stor bryder og kriger, og han er en af landsbyen Umuofias mest lovende mænd. I modsætning til sin far, som han foragter, er Okonkwo hårdtarbejdende, tapper og stolt, og hans største ambition er at blive en af stammens stormænd. Han har fra et fattigt udgangspunkt langsomt arbejdet sig hen imod dette mål, da sort uheld tvinger ham og hans familie ud i syv års landflygtighed.