The Rainbow Book Club this month will pay tribute to the late Chinua Achebe, who passed away on March 21st 2013.The Tribute evening which holds on Friday April 26th at 5pm
; it is being hosted in partnership with the British Council and will take place at the council’s office in Port Harcourt. The event will be attended by the likes of Gabriel Okara, Cpt Elechi Amadi, Mr. Obinna (ANA Chairman-Rivers State Chapter), among others, who will contribute to the conversation on the life and times of the literary icon.
Chinua Achebe, best known for his novel Things Fall Apart, had recently been in the news because of what turned out to be his last book There Was a Country. TWAC, Achebe’s personal account of Nigeria’s Civil War which caused an uproar when it was released; was Rainbow Book Club’s book-of –the month in January.
Due to Achebe’s special relationship with the book club–he was an Honourary member of the club and also gave the keynote address at the 4th Garden City Literary Festival titled: LITERATURE AND ETHNICITY: Is literature shaped by the cultural contexts of the authors? Which was read for him by his son–the club is dedicating this month to him. Things Fall Apart will be the book in focus.
On Friday, members of the book club, writers and lovers of literature will come together to celebrate one of Africa’s finest writers whose work transcended borders, languages, cultures and this work will continue to speak long after he has gone.