The African National Congress believes that the loss of Chinua Achebe is a great loss to the African continent. His writing skills and deep understanding of the challenges facing post-colonial Africa impacted greatly in the understanding and deepening of democracy and self-determination in the continent. He emerged as an ideologue that defended the capacity and potential of those who led liberation movements.
His death leaves us poorer in the field of African literature and his death will be felt in years to come. We convey our condolences to his family and the people of Nigeria. May his soul rest in peace!