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July 04, 2015

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March 24, 2013
Dear Achebe Family,
We are sorry to hear about your loss. The Bible assures us that God is near to those broken at heart. He will help us cope with the loss of a loved one.
March 24, 2013
He sounds like a man full of wisdom that he shared with many. May the family find comfort in knowing that God is there for us in times of distress.
March 24, 2013
Easter offers hope to those who grieve.
March 24, 2013
I went to high school in Nigeria and it was customary to read Chinua Achebe's literatures. I was amazed to see that my daughters also read his "Things Fall Apart" here in Gastonia NC high schools. He has surely touched us all with his intellectual prowess. May he rest in peace.
March 24, 2013
Another Umuahian Iroko has fallen! We will always live to remember one of the GREATEST Umuahians who helped to inscribe Government College, Umuahia on the world map. Senior,," IN UNUM LUCEANT".We will always remember you.Adieu.
March 24, 2013
The Family,
I was introduced to the novels of Chinua Achebe in the 1970's. At that time, my cultural anthropology class at
Barber-Scotia College in North Carolina read three of his novels. I will always be in debt to
Mr. Achebe for providing my class and me with such an enriching and rewarding experience
Rest in Peace.
March 23, 2013
A literary giant, a master story teller, a reservoir of traditions and culture, your name will forever live on because you gave so much to the African continent and the world at large. May your family find comfort in these facts.
March 23, 2013
I'm sorry to read about your loss. Take comfort in knowing that we have the Bible-based hope of seeing our loved ones again.
March 23, 2013
My Daughter and I are sorry for the passing of your husband. We meet at the University of Connecticut during the 70's where Fatima wrote an article while a student in the college paper. I was in charge of faculty housing and was helpful in locating housing for the family on campus.
March 23, 2013
To my dearest family, some things I'd like to say...
but first of all, to let you know, that I arrived okay.
I'm writing this from heaven. Here I dwell with God above.
Here, there's no more tears of sadness; here is just eternal love.

Please do not be unhappy just because I'm out of sight.
Remember that I'm with you every morning, noon and night.
That day I had to leave you when my life on earth was through,
God picked me up and hugged me and He said, "I welcome you."

It's good to have you back again; you were missed while you were gone.
As for your dearest family, they'll be here later on.
I need you here badly; you're part of my plan.
There's so much that we have to do, to help our mortal man.

God gave me a list of things, that he wished for me to do.
And foremost on the list, was to watch and care for you.
And when you lie in bed at night, the day's chores put to flight.
God and I are closest to the middle of the night.

When you think of my life on earth, and all those loving years
because you are only human, they are bound to bring you tears.
But do not be afraid to cry; it does relieve the pain.
Remember there would be no flowers, unless there was some rain.

I wish that I could tell you all that God has planned.
But if I were to tell you, you wouldn't understand.
But one thing is for certain, though my life on earth is o'er.
I'm closer to you now, than I ever was before.

There are many rocky roads ahead of you and many hills to climb;
but together we can do it by taking one day at a time.
It was always my philosophy and I'd like it for you too...
that as you give unto the world, the world will give to you.

If you can help somebody who's in sorrow and pain,
then you can say to God at night......"My day was not in vain."
And now I am contented....that my life has been worthwhile,
knowing as I passed along the way, I made somebody smile.

So if you meet somebody who is sad and feeling low,
just lend a hand to pick him up, as on your way you go.
When you're walking down the street, and you've got me on your mind;
I'm walking in your footsteps only half a step behind.

And when it's time for you to go.... from that body to be free,
remember you're not're coming here to me.

Ruth Ann Mahaffey (author)
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