On March 22 When news broke that the traiblazer, Prof. Chinua Achebe, had joined his ancestors, the 39th edition of the African Literature Association was in session at Charleston, South Carolina. A befitting ceremony was later organized that evening to honor the Sage who had done so much to enrich African Literature. The previous day, there was a memorial at Brittlebank Park titled "I have Known Rivers," to honor the Men, Women, and Children forced into the Middle Passage and the Struggles of Africans and African Descendants throughout the World. Achebe's comments in this video excerpt are poignant in the light of these two ceremonies.
Excerpt from an interview by Joyce Ashuntantang, Okey Ndibe, Oyiza Adaba and Sowore Omoyele on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of Things Fall Apart, 2/15/2008.