The Book Club – Things Fall Apart

23 Mar

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A few weeks ago when I put a shout out for people to share their favourite African authors and books I was astounded at the list that came back, some books and authors that I didn’t even know existed. I was excited to hear from so many people who love reading as much as I do.

Then a really brilliant idea came from one of our readers, Dephin Mathe Mpofu, ‘Why don’t we start a book club?’ and so the idea of  The Book Club was born.

As The Book Club proudly launches today, what more fitting way to mark this special occasion than to pay tribute to the late Chinua Achebe whom Nelson Mandela aptly described as having ‘brought Africa to the rest of the world’ and as ‘the writer in whose company the prison walls came down’.

Our book of choice is ‘Things Fall Apart’, Achebe’s first novel and the book that he was perhaps best known for. The story of  an Igbo warrior and the colonial era, it’s sold more than 10 million copies around the world and been published in 50 languages.

On his motivation for writing, Achebe said as his reading evolved, he slowly became aware of how books had cast Africans as savages.

‘There is that great proverb – that until the lions have their own historians, the history of the hunt will always glorify the hunter,’  he said.

‘That did not come to me until much later. Once I realised that, I had to be a writer.’

Join our discussions on the Every African Woman Facebook community and learn more about our author of choice.

A special shout out to the gorgeous Dephin Mathe Mpofu for a brilliant idea come to life!

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One Response to “The Book Club – Things Fall Apart”

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