Chinua Achebe

In Elie Wiesel’s book “The Gates of the Forest,” a rabbi says, “God made man because He loves stories.”

I’ll bet one of his favorites is the story of Chinua Achebe, a man born in Nigeria in 1930. He died yesterday. If you never met him in books, Things Fall Apart and There Was a Country are two of the stories Chinua Achebe wrote.

Two journalists, Laura Smith-Spark and Faith Karimi, CNN wrote the following:

In an interview for the Paris Review of Books in 1994, Achebe spoke of how his early love of stories led him to realize that they reflected only the point of view of the white man. That spurred him to write himself.

“There is that great proverb — that until the lions have their own historians, the history of the hunt will always glorify the hunter. … Once I realized that, I had to be a writer. I had to be that historian,” he said.

“It’s not one man’s job. It’s not one person’s job. But it is something we have to do, so that the story of the hunt will also reflect the agony, the travail — the bravery, even, of the lions.”

Farewell, Chinua Achebe. You are a lion. Thank-you.

About Mrs. Fitz

Hello! I'm Michele Fitzpatrick, a Chicago writer. Like our town, a work in progress. As a journalist, teacher and writing coach I think all of us live our stories and sharing them creates moments that remind us we're connected. And that is enough.
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