Sylvanus Ominiyi writes....
Chinua Achebe Was Just An Ordinary Writer, Chinua Achebe was a Nigerian writer and professor made famous by his debut novel, ‘Things Fall Apart’. I learnt that Chinua Achebe held research and teaching appointments at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, in the early 1970s.
That is a good thing. And I'm happy about it. They said he was a creative person. Accepted. Chinua Achebe was one of the most widely read novelists from Nigeria who played a pivotal role in the development of African literature. Considered to be a major writer in not just the country of his birth but throughout the world, his debut novel ‘Things Fall Apart’ has sold over 12 million copies worldwide and has been translated into more than 50 languages. I want to say he has really tried. It is not easy for someone to have his work translated into 50 languages. However, I'm not satisfied with the fact that Achebe was called the father of modern African writing. Who gave him that title? Achebe was not the father of modern African writing. He wasn't at all. He was just an ordinary writer who was lucky to become famous.
There were, and are still, better writers in Nigeria and even Africa than Chinua Achebe. And besides, what has Chinua Achebe done for Nigeria and Nigerians before his death, with all his literary achievements? I just want to know. Personally, I feel Linda Ikeji is more useful than Achebe. As for Wole Soyinka, I don't have his time now. There are times I feel Nigerian writers are useless. They keep getting awards. They travel around the world. They present speeches. But, they always forget to create something to help fellow Nigerians until they die. So, to me, Chinua Achebe was just an ordinary human being. And please, no one should come here to argue with me. If you have anything to say, go and pay the Newspapers. That's when I will know you are serious. Thank you