Monday, January 17, 2011

Woe to Africa

A new essay by Achebe in the NYT here.  Its hard to avoid a sense of reading what we already know, without learning anything in the process.  The deep tectonic shifts brought about by technology and demography are not mentioned, nor is the slow change in the nature of politics in Nigeria really addressed. Its not surprising when you are commenting thousands of miles away from the action.


Ikhide 6:01 pm  

Very disappointing essay. The NYT should be ashamed of its lazy self. Absolutely no new insights.

Somebody,  7:39 pm  

Okonkwo speaks out of his creator as fiercely as he can. Let's hope he doesn't pull out a machete again this time. The result will always be the same.

Myne Whitman 4:37 pm  

I can see Achebe's frustration but absolutely nothing new. The solutions he proffers are archaic.

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