The Friday death of Chinua Achebe, the Father of African Literature, has shocked the Malawi writing fraternity.
Malawi Writers Union (Mawu) president Sambalikagwa Mvona has described Achebe’s death as a great loss to Africa and the writing industry.
Said Mvona on Sunday: “His death is a shock to the country and all writers. He is an icon who has inspired many budding writers and there is a lot we have drawn from his writing style. He preached a lot about African cultures and he wanted Africa to know its culture. We will really miss him.”
He added that even without him, his work will live to inspire. Mvona urges writers to read more about Achebe’s work and think of writing to the modern world.
“Achebe wrote in an old era and talked much of the African stories. We need to start from here to tell stories about today in an inspiring way as done by the late legendary,” observed Mvona.
With over 20 books to his name, Achebe is renowned for his 1958 book Things Fall Apart and other works like No Longer at Ease, Arrow of God, A Man of the People and Anthills of the Savannah. He was a professor at Brown University in USA and passed away at the age of 82 in Boston Massachusetts in the States.