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Chinua Achebe died as an apologist of colonialism

Late Chinua Achebe was undoubtedly one of the major scholars who used literature to produce Africa’s anti-colonial ideologies.

Achebe’s groundbreaking work, Things Fall Apart, is popularly accepted as one of the first African literature to debunk the idea of a colonial and western civilization of Africa.

His other works No Longer At Ease and The Arrow of God tell stories that further demonstrate his thoughts against colonialism.

However, a study published in the latest edition of African Affairs by Bruce Giller, a Professor of Political Science and Director of Graduate Programs in Public Policy in the Mark O. Hatfield School of Government at Portland State University, presented a new Achebe that extolled colonialism.

In the research paper, Gilley argued that “a careful study of his (Achebe) writings and comments from 1958 until his death in 2013 shows that Achebe was never the simple anti-colonial figure that most assumed.”

Gilley’s paper pointed to areas in his final work where “Achebe made a clear statement about the positive legacies of colonialism, praising the British project of state formation and nation building in the lower Niger basin.”

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