ACHEBE--Chinua. Chinua Achebe was a brilliant novelist, story teller, and eloquent voice of opposition to the portrayal of Africa's relationship with the West by authors such as Joseph Conrad. He was also a gracious colleague to those of us fortunate enough to have known and worked with him and his family during their many years at Bard College, where he was Charles P. Stevenson Jr. Professor of Languages and Literature for nearly 20 years. He taught undergraduates in small classes, touching all of his students with his intellect and his warmth. His importance to literature and to those he taught and knew personally will never be forgotten. It was Bard's privilege that Chinua Achebe accepted our invitation to live and teach here. We send our deepest condolences to his family. He will be sorely missed. David E. Schwab II, Chair Emeritus Charles P. Stevenson Jr., Chair Leon Botstein, President

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Valenda Newell
September 21, 2016
June 2016 Graceline Aarons Bright
I am surprised to learn Chinua Achebe has passed over. I was a young girl when I first read his book "Things Fall Apart" and was mesmerized by his writings. It left a positive indelible impression on my life. I am now 76 years old & I can still the conjuring in my mind as I read that book. My imagination went wild. May his spirit and soul forever rest in peace and may God bless the family from which he came. I share your sorrow sincerely.
June 17, 2016
Please accept my sincere condolences and sincere prayers that go out to the surviving family and friends. May the God of comfort continue to bless you and yours especially after such an untimely loss of a very precious life please accept my deepest sympathies. (2 Cor. 1:2, 3).
January 9, 2015
Life is precious and was meant to be lived. Draw comfort from God's word.
August 30, 2014
Achebe was a great man; the iroko tree has fallen but its roots are still penetrating ourselves. FB
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June 16, 2014
A touching legacy for a great talent who has done so much and cared so deeply for others through fine works “I pray that he may grant you through the abundance of his glory to be made mighty in the man you are inside, with power through his spirit… (Ephesians 3:16) May the family have peace we cherish the special memories.
March 16, 2014
I read "Things Fall Apart" in college, and wept at the ending. You were a wonderful writer, sir.
Mortuus Effingham
December 24, 2013
With deepest sympathy to the Achebe family during your time of sadness. May the God of comfort continue to be with you.
December 23, 2013
You can cherish the memories of a very talent man. Our prayers are for the family praying that they feel the peace and comfort that only God gives to the brokenhearted and crushed in spirit.
December 12, 2013
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Loretta Womack
November 30, 2013
I am sorry for your loss. I hope you can find comfort in the words written at (Jeremiah 29:11,12)
October 10, 2013
With deepest sympathy to the Achebe family during your time of grief...God is for you a "refuge and strength," A help that is there to be found during difficult times...May God provide you with "peace and comfort" to endure the days ahead...(Psalm 62:8).
October 7, 2013
Dear Achebe Family,
I am sending my condolences to your family at this time and may you always continue to rely on and receive further comfort from the Father of all comfort. 1 Corthinians, chapter 1, verse 4.
S. Hart
August 12, 2013
Psalm 72:14
June 30, 2013
Elegy For Chinua Achebe: Things Fall Apart Come Together

The sound of the fallen Iroko tree was audible to our eyes.
And the answer to that great African puzzle has yielded disbelief
Among its ardent faithfuls, believers without illusionary burden.
The Eagle on the Iroko returned to where things finally came together
And wondering what destiny and history resolved to leave behind.

His voice, like the storied wisdom of the sage, was always
A reason for the patient morning sun to signal a new day.
A grateful world whose literature, one-eyed before Okonkwo's chagrin,
Now have fair-minded company to compare it to:
"When something stands, something else stands next to it."

Now that the literary forest is filled with your wit
and laughter--Soaked in aplomb, bent forward
To justify our doubts, your soul, like your mind,
Will engage forever a redoubtable world, appreciative and
Pained, that something immense and immeasurable lived here.
Chris Ulasi
May 27, 2013
Dear Christie May all your wonderful Memorys live on what a wonderful Man God Bless
M&M Landscaping Inc
April 25, 2013
Rest in Peace Grand Master of Letters. You will always inspire us.
Virginia Phiri
April 7, 2013
What if he didn't live? What if we didn't have Achebe use the pen for us, and tell the tales we should have told but didn't have the dare? Men are born, men die, but the great tattoo their names in the hide of history, such was Achebe: he'Tue, Apr 2, 2013 never be lost in the maze of time and shifting memories. Sleep well Achebe.
Famous Isaacs
April 2, 2013
To the Achebe family and friends, may the God of comfort watch over and strengthen you all as you grieve for Chinua. My prayers and deepest sympathy goes out to you all. I enjoyed reading many of his books in school!
S. Scott
March 31, 2013
All blessings to the Family of our Author of Africa&The World.Our lives had been enrichened.
Jacqueline Grey
March 31, 2013
to the family of Chinua Achebe,may the God of Heaven open his hands and satisfy the desire of all living things.May He provide you with mercy and kindness......dg
March 30, 2013
My condolences to the Achebe family. May you find peace at this most difficult time and may you look to the future with hope and confidence that mourning and outcry and pain will be no more.
March 29, 2013
I am so sorry to hear about your loss. the bible can be of some comfort at john 3:16
March 29, 2013
Dear family and friends I am sorry to hear of your loss. May the God of comfort bring you peace.
March 28, 2013
Rest in peace! You will be missed.
Tiebo Mugo
March 28, 2013
rest in peace
Dwayne Bickham
March 28, 2013

I am so sorry for your loss. May the God of all comfort brings you peace and a calm heart. ( 2 Peter 1:2)
March 28, 2013
To The Family of Author Achebe:

You are in my thoughts and prayers.

Belinda Mae Curry
March 27, 2013
May your memories comfort you and ease your grief a little each day.
Yvonne Cares
March 27, 2013
To Achebe family,
Prof(full) Christy Achebe & co,
Take comfort in the fact that he lived long and well. Take comfort in the love you shared. Take comfort in the fact that he left great literary foot print for the whole world especially Africa. He was Africa's Shakespeare and will always be. Completely ignore the fact that they refused to deliver his "Nobel Prize". He was Africa's first Nobel Laureate. Not handing him his Nobel Prize was solely political. It was to punish him for daring to criticize British colonialism and it's negative impacts on Our minds which we still have not overcome. If he had sung praises to Britain or merely exposed our poverty and weaknesses in his writings, he would have received many Nobel Prizes. To me they would have been meaningless. He died a greater man without the Nobel Prize.
The Onyeagocha Family.
Dr. Chii Ughanze-Onyeagocha
March 27, 2013
To the family of Chinua Achebe, I am so sorry for your recent loss, I hope that youor family can find some comfort at Philemon 15, in your time of grief.
Toni Works
March 27, 2013
Your presence and your words made the world a better place. Thank you for your gifts to our global tribe. Rest in peace for eternity. You did well dear soul.
Lisette Depew-Kubie
March 27, 2013
Offering my deepest condolences during this difficult time, I'm so very sorry for your loss, death is something we are never prepared for, but please find comfort in knowing sickness, pain and death will one day be no more. For God has promised.
March 27, 2013
March 26, 2013
May the God of Comfort continue to be with you and yours
March 26, 2013
A writer dies when his books are not read. Chinua Achebe, whose books were translated more than 50 languages and printed more than 12 millions, will never die. he will live where his books are read and studied. Thank you, the Great Son of Africa for the books that we truly enjoyed reading and learning about your people. May Allah let you always feel the gratitude of your readers for you.
Nazif Özaslan
March 26, 2013
Professor Achebe left a caring legacy. In the New World to come, he will experience what he hoped to see in this old world! He will open his eyes to
an earth free of oppression.
He will see the fulfillment of Jeremiah 29:11 "...the whole earth had come to of disturbance". May we all see this Day!
March 26, 2013
What a man, what a GREAT man he was! RIP Prof. Achebe!!
Chuks UC Ukaoma
March 25, 2013
The African torch bearer has left the continent poorer and darker. May your writings continue to inspire those of the future generations of the global village. Sleep well Father......Peace.
Ravi Naicker
March 25, 2013
May God rest your soul peace my Brother
The Thompson Family
March 25, 2013
May God bless his family and I will always remember the great work "Things Fall Apart"
March 25, 2013
March 25, 2013
May your blessed gentle soul rest in perfect peace. you were a true son of the world.

Sleep well in the bosom of our lorf. Amen!
Omosede obaseki
March 25, 2013
I reference this title many times in my day to day dealings with people in social services: Things Fall Apart. It was one of the first book that I read by an African author, I will read it again in your memory. God Bless.
March 25, 2013
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
March 25, 2013
To the Family and Friends of Professor Achebe: We regret the loss of such a great mind and the epitome of true love for the dignity and equality of all people. May he someday enjoy the reality of Acts 10:34-35.
The Carters
March 25, 2013
As the days and weeks pass, and as you return to life's routine, may you continue to feel comforted by the love and support of family and friends.
G. Freeman
March 25, 2013
May the love of friends and family carry you through your grief.
March 25, 2013
Sincere sympathy to family and friends and comfort. Eccl.9:11.
March 25, 2013
As a teacher, I will forever be changed by this novel. Mr. Achebe will always be remembered for his wonderful contribution to the literary world.
March 25, 2013
Dear family as the days pass. Allow yourself to be comforted by our heavenly father in the heavens (Psalms. 83:18)
Edwards Family
March 25, 2013
Thank you for the amazing story, "Things Fall Apart".
March 25, 2013
To the Achebe family, it saddens me to know that you have lost someone dear to you. But remember, to be absent in the body, is to be present with Lord.May you be strengthen with his memories and love of good friends.
Nate Smith
March 24, 2013
Safe Whole and Intact

Much Love
Selma Coleman-Boyd
March 24, 2013
My graduating class was blessed with two very visionary teachers in the area of anthropology and world history, Ron Rehner and David Keeley. Together they brought a perspective of Nigeria and Southeast Asia, respectively, that transcended the common myths and stereotypes of the late 60's, early 70's. We were given the rare gift of clarity by gentlemen that had been there, done that, as it were. One of Mr. Rehner's required readings was Mr. Achebe's "Things Fall Apart". It was a lesson and an experience some of us never forgot. R.I.P., Mr. Achebe, and thank you most kindly for the insights your efforts provided us with.
Jim Scott
March 24, 2013
I came to know of Mr. Achebe from his book "things fall apart". That was 38 years ago, and I still reference it today. Mr. Achebe has been the conscience or my sub-conscience.May God bless his family.
Jacob Fuller
March 24, 2013
To the family and friends of Mr Ochebe you have my deepest symphaty fpr your loss. May God give you comfort wherever it's needed in this sad time. May Mr. Achebe rest in peace.
March 24, 2013
During this time, it is good to recall why Jesus died. He died so that we might have hope of the resurrection and much more.
March 24, 2013
One love brother. Rip
Lawrence Davis
March 24, 2013
I read his book "Things Fall Apart" whenI was a freshman in college for my Literature class. Great men die and take all of the wisdom with them. This was one GREAT man! God bless you on your journey. May rest and peace be yours.
S Kenny
March 24, 2013
I would like to express my sincere condolences to the family of Mr.Achebe. If you are ever feeling down just look to revaluations 21:4 were god say he will get rid of death.
March 24, 2013
Although I had lived in Nigeria for two years as a Peace Corps Volunteer, I was not introduced to his work until I entered a graduate program at Ohio University. Later I introduced several of his works at Penn State Harrisburg along with other African novelists. I was fortunate to attend one of Professor Achebe's lectures at the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C. His works had a profound impact on my understanding of Nigeria and its people.
Clem Gilpin
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.
Asia & Alexis
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.
Anthony&Norma Mello
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.
Patricia Adelekun
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.
Donald H. Peery
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.
Kafui Ayer
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.
Marie Witherspoon
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)
©Copyright 1998
Merry Teno
March 23, 2013
I was introduced to Chinua Achebe's book when I was in high school. I still have his book after 17 years. He was a wonderful author.
To Achebe's Family:
I pray your strength in this time of sorry.
Renaada Spears
March 23, 2013
May God bless this family.
March 23, 2013
With deepest condolences to the Achebe family during your time of grief...God is for you a refuge and strength, A help that is there to be found during difficult times...May God provide you with peace and comfort to endure the days ahead.
March 23, 2013
Our Sincere and deepest sympathy to the family for the loss of a precious life. Our prayers are with you during this difficult times. May Amighty God help you through this pain. With Heartfelt Condolences. The Jones Family
March 23, 2013
May our Creator comfort you during this time of sorrow; many people are spiritually strengthen by reading the Scriptures to learn their love one is no longer suffering with any sicknesses. (Genesis 2:7; 3:19)
March 23, 2013
As the days and weeks pass, and as you return to life's routine, may you continue to feel comforted by the love and support of family and friends.
Sharon Green
March 23, 2013
I did not know of you during your lifetime, but I have come to know you and your marvelous literary works in death. May you rest in peace.
Richard Donnell
March 23, 2013
So sorry for your loss. May the God of all comfort be with you during your time of loss.( 2 Cor 1:3-5)
March 23, 2013
May the god of comfort be a source of strength for your family at this difficult time. 2Corn 1:3, 4. Deepest Sympathy, Sue, Concord, NC
March 23, 2013
March 23, 2013
Christ surrendered his life so that we can have the opportunity to gain everlasting life in paradise... :)
March 23, 2013
Towards the end of Achebe's legendary novel, "Things Fall Apart," Obierika looks at the dangling body of his friend Okonkwo and angrily shouts "That man was one of the greatest men in Umuofia, you drove him to kill himself; and now he will be buried like a dog." I am glad that today on the death of Achebe I can scream, "That man was one of the brilliant students of his time; you drove him to tell stories and now he will live for ever." Adieu, Master craftsman; you made the world a better place. It was a privilege to meet and interview you.
Joyce Ashuntantang
March 23, 2013
I'm sorry for your loss. May the God of comfort be with you and the family during your time of grief. My prayers go out to you and your family.
Anna hendon
March 23, 2013
Thank you for your wonderful book. Rest in Peace.
Kathy Sachs
March 23, 2013
So sorry for the loss of your loved one. May the God of comfort be with you during this difficult time. Isaiah 59:1
March 23, 2013
May the "God of all Comfort" be with your family at this time of your loss.

March 23, 2013
To the Family of Professor Achebe, I am very sorry for your lost. He was truly a man ahead of his time. But so far His overall goal to educated people of different cultures has not happen as yet. It will take a government that will not only change the thinking but also the heart of people earth wide. Such a government does exist and it is found in Isaiah 2:2-4. Here it is describe as a strong mountain. Reading this will give you hope of better times ahead so take care.
Mycena Dickerson
March 23, 2013
we are deeply saddened by your loss. Isa 61:2
A. Friend
March 23, 2013
We are so honored to share your thoughts, your vision, and mission. It is because of your spiritual insight that we are learning what to do, "When Things Fall Apart." We celebrate your return to Our Creator and we rest knowing you are always with as. May your loved ones take comfort in this message of condolence.
Delmar Rodriquez Brown- Hibbler, Hibbler-Carter Christian, Zachary Hibbler Alexandria Hibbler Carter, Raymond Hibbler Christian, Robert H, Christian
March 23, 2013
My heart is broken. There goes my heart.
B. Jonathan Polk
March 22, 2013
Professor Achebe's book "Things Fall Apart" had a very profound affect on me. We are so fortunate that he blessed this earth with his writings. He has educated and informed many. My regards to his family in their time of sorrow.
Emily Lucas
March 22, 2013
Thank you Mr. Achebe for not giving up and opening doors. May you family find comfort in knowing you lived a purposeful life.
Kelcy Laing Hardrick
March 22, 2013
Will Hargrove
March 22, 2013
We have all been improved by your brilliance, spirit and wisdom. Thank you, Brother.
Charles Fuller
March 22, 2013
Adieu, Professor Chinua Achebe; your spirit rests in peace in the yonder world, while your great name and thoughts --- in books, lectures and informal speeches remain here as cherished household gifts! Your famous book, Things Fall Apart, was a powerful philosophical penciling of a constitution for Nigeria; constitution, being, in essence, the conscious recognizing of the deeper heritage content of a people as template for defining and moving a nation state forward sustainably. I hereby join the many true patriots of our country to prophesy that one day, that constitution will surface so that Nigeria can truly be the great and proud people of the Umuofia genre as ordained by nature.
Dr. Osahon Chris Eigbike
March 22, 2013
My condolences to your family during this time of grief. may you have undeserved kindness and peace from God our father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
March 22, 2013
A great author, one of my favorites- "Things Fall Apart". Every student should read at some point in their academic career.
Lovie Jones
March 22, 2013
To the family of Achebe: May the Hearer of Prayer give you strength, courage and peace in your time of sorrow Psalm 65:2. May you cherish the wonderful memories of time spent with him.
March 22, 2013
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