Memories of Biafra Heroes, memories of Biafra Heroes Eagle is perching on Prof Chinua Albert Achebe of
blessed memory. Born in 1930 at his hometown in Ogidi, Anambra State in Biafra, he had his
secondary school at Government College Umuahia and had his University at University College Ibadan in Western Nigeria.
Late Prof Chinua Achebe was an erudite educationist. He is one the most intelligent men born in Biafraland as he is still recognized as the father of African Literature. Prof Chinua Achebe is extra-ordinarily ingenius. His like comes or passes once in millennium.
FW is aware that many people may be asking how come about featuring Late Prof Chinua
Achebe in the memories of our Heroes. Prof Chinua Achebe was the charismatic and resolute Minister of Information of the short-lived Biafra govt from
1967 to 1970 when the genocidal war ended.
That is to say that he is the Biafra Minister of Information during the heat of the war. He astutely
and articulately managed information dissemination
in Biafra govt during war because he was already working with Radio Nigeria Lagos before Gen Gowon declared the genocidal war against Biafrans.
Prof Chinua Achebe’s history is mainly chronicled around literal works and when he is mentioned,
what comes to mind is literature. He wrote the following books where placed his footprint for
generations to come:
1. Things fall apart (1958). He used this book to counter so many lies of wetern world against
Africans. He put record straight that Africans are not people bereft of cultural heritage, critical thinking, leadership structure and intellectual bankrupt as western world made us to look prior to the book.
Although he dwelt much on Igbo-Biafran cultures as he butress his points.
2. No Longer at Ease (1960): Prof Achebe used this book to call on Africans not throw away their identity because of western world civilization mounting pressure on our creed and norms. He
made clear that in pursuit of western life, Africans have lost their identity and can never truly be Europeans.
3. The Man of the People (1962): He used this book condemn the alarming rate of corruption in
Nigeria govt and its civil service. In the book He used one Mr Ema Enanga a case study of a man
who acquired education in London and was known as an upright man but immdiately he returned and
joined Nigeria corrupt civil service, Mr Enanga become involved in bribery and corruption.
4. Arrow of God (1964): Prof Achebe used this book to analyze the tragedy & devastation of
colonnial enslavement to Africans. In this book, he listed evils of colonnial masters in Africa.
5. Gales at War (1973): He used this book to condemned the survival of the fittest and general
feudalistic system in Nigeria occasioned by selfish
elites which led to the past genocidal war levied against his people and went ahead to suggest remedies which nobody regarded.
6. Problem with Nigeria (1984): He used this book to analyzed serious problems bedeviling Nigeria to
includes tribalism, nepotism, bigotry, marginalization and chauvinism. But those in the
helm of affairs never care to listen.
7. Anthills of the Savannah (1989): Prof Achebe used this book to show displeasure on how some
elites converted the common wealth of the nation to
personal belonging through the instrumentality of brutal force and bereaucratic placement. He
described it as the height of corruption in Nigeria society.
8. There was A Country (2013): Prof Chinua Achebe
used this book to bid farewell to literal world
because he release the book few months before his
death. He used the book to bring back the
memories of the genocide jointly committed on
Biafrans by Nigeria and Britain. As the Minister of
Information of Biafra who has first hand information
on what happened during the genocidal war, he
listed 5 arch genocidists that must be prosecuted in
#ICC for genocidal war on Biafrans. He listed as
1. Gen Yakubu Gowon
2. Gen Murtala Mohammed
3. Gen T Y Danjuma
4. Col Benjamin Adekunle
5. Gen Olusegun Obasanjo
6. Chief Obafemi Awolowo
These are people who should be dragged to ICC
according Prof Achebe in the book “There was a
Gen Olusegun Obasanjo invited him to come and
recieve Nigeria national honour of CFR in 2004 with
which to mock him for demanding Biafra in the
past, but he rejected it. Dr Goodluck Jonathan also
invited him in 2011 for the same national honour,
he also rejected it. In each occasion, he will always
say “I reject it because the war is still on against
In a summary, Prof Achebe is progressively
controversial and his books remain relevant at all
times. At this point we bring to the end analysis on
Prof Achebe. Keep a date with Family writers
Media Analyst FWP.