Thursday, November 24, 2011

National Honours Controversy: Chinua Achebe's Reaction...

On November 16, 2011, Professor Chinua Achebe, author of the classic, Things Fall Apart, and Africa's best known writer turned 81.

Chinua Achebe

While his family, readers and admirers across the globe rejoiced with him on that day and thanked God for his life, Dr. Chidi Achebe,  the President/CEO of Harvard Street Neighborhood Health Center, Dorchester, MA, and son of the literary icon, was asked what Professor Achebe's reaction was to the hullabaloo from the Nigerian Presidency surrounding his rejection of the Commander of the Federal Republic (CFR) – Nigeria's Third Highest National Honour—offered to him by the Goodluck Jonathan's Administration.

His Reply:
"Today is Prof's 81st birthday, the family and well wishers around the globe are giving thanksgiving to GOD almighty!

The last I saw, Professor Achebe was digging into a delicious piece of cake.

What reaction? I will honestly tell you that Professor Achebe does not know who Reuben Abati is; has not read his reaction nor does he care to do so.

Professor Achebe loves his native country Nigeria; he did what he has done all his life -  told the truth as he sees it. Many will accept it, some will not, and that is the way it is."

President Goodluck Jonathan and Vice President
 Namadi Sambo

Professor Achebe whose works have been translated into many major languages of the world is the David and Marianna Fisher University Professor and Professor of Africana Studies, Brown University, Providence, Rohde Island, USA. 



  1. Why are we edifying these cretins from Abuja over Prof Achebe. prof has made his point. Finish. We all know he was not grandstanding or looking for favours of any sort. Let Abati run his mouth. That is his prerogative. Who the joke is on is as clear as morning light!

  2. Achebe sent a wrong message this time with the rejection, this was not the same as Obasanjos award. He sshould forward his advice in confidence to the new government, we cannot gain anything by protesting all the time, we are all Nigerians

  3. i defended rueben Abati when Eldee, one of our Nigerian artist described him as "a failure to our generation". right now i am just wondering.

  4. l love u, prof, your stand is sure. tell them the truth.

  5. His not acceptance of whatever useless award for criminals, puts him on a league extra miles away from any of the nicompops that loot and get rewarded with useless fraudulent awards from fraudulent no 'country' called Nigeria.
    He stands shoulder to shoulder if not above the likes of Mandela, afterall Mandela, ended up accepting some of those equally evil awards from the bloodthirsty queen of England.


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