Chinua Achebe had witnessed firsthand the cruelties of colonization of Nigeria, his people. More than that, every single book that had been published about Africa had been by Europeans!
And of course, the white writers had told Black stories wrong. He HAD to set the record straight.
He decided not to sugarcoat his work. His first novel, Things Fall Apart, centers on the turmoil between native African culture and its oppression by white Christian missionaries and the colonial government.
He directly contradicted white revisionist tellings of this strife. What happened?
His work was not only well-received, but it also gave voice to the struggles and complexities of life under white colonists. He continued to write and tell the story of life under colonization, but he also did something else.
He created a space for African writers that had not existed before. White writers had stolen the African story – and he took it back! His legacy earned him the title of the Father of African Literature.
Achebe wrote about his experiences and struggles to inspire and give awareness to the cruelties of colonialism. How can you use your challenges to inspire resilience?