The Education of a British-Protected Child

The Education of a British-Protected Child[PDF / Epub] ☉ The Education of a British-Protected Child Author Chinua Achebe – Oaklandjobs.co.uk In The Education of a British Protected Child , Chinua Achebe gives us a vivid, ironic and delicately nuanced portrait of growing up in colonial Nigeria and inhabiting its middle ground, interrogating In The Education of of a eBook ¸ a British Protected Child , Chinua Achebe gives us a vivid, ironic and delicately nuanced portrait of growing up in colonial Nigeria The Education PDF/EPUB ² and inhabiting its middle ground, interrogating both his happy memories of reading English adventure stories in secondary school and also the harsher truths of colonial rule. Chinua Achebe is one of my favourite authors of all times His novels, short stories, poems, essays and political statements join together to show a personality formed by many disparate cultural backgrounds, yet strong and full of personal integrity He has opinions, and he expresses them clearly I like that He is not always modest, and he admits it He has a sense of irony and humour, but he takes humanity seriously enough to suffer at injustice His common sense does not prevent him from cel Chinua Achebe is one of my favourite authors of all times His novels, short stories, poems, essays and political statements join together to show a personality formed by many disparate cultural backgrounds, yet strong and full of personal integrity He has opinions, and he expresses them clearly I like that He is not always modest, and he admits it He has a sense of irony and humour, but he takes humanity seriously enough to suffer at injustice His common sense does not prevent him from celebrating ancient local traditions His erudition and literary scholarship do not get in the way of his down to earth fictional writing.This essay collection offers a wide range of different topics that are close to Chinua Achebe s heart, and that follow his writing throughout all genres We meet him embarking on studies at Cambridge, reflecting on power and politics in Africa, on language, literature as a form of celebration, we share his anguished reflections on what it means to him to be a Nigerian, and we even get a glimpse of his family life Being a Nigerian is abysmally frustrating and unbelievably exciting That statement made my head spin, as I started to reflect on what being Swedish might possibly mean to me Like Chinua Achebe, I have spent a big portion of my life outside my native country, and therefore, I see it with partially foreign eyes Being a Swede is abysmally frustrating and unbelievably boring I do not envy Chinua Achebe the horrible recent history of his country, as expressed eloquently and with passion in his fiction and in There Was a Country A Personal History of Biafra, but sometimes I wish we had not lost so much of our political reflective power and care due to lack of conflict The shallowness of a nation can be choking at times, as it is the first sign of stagnation If Nigeria has a too bad reputation, Sweden s reputation on the other hand is too good Neither is likely to be true.When Chinua Achebe criticises other authors because he does not share their ideas, he does so with respect, and for a well defined purpose When Ngugi another African writer I admire, for very different reasons criticises his use of the colonial language English rather than his native tongue, Chinua Achebe answers by quoting Milan Kundera to justify his own choice This does not in any way close the argument for the development of African languages by the intervention of writers and governments But we do not have to falsify our history in the process That would be playing politics The words of the Czech novelist Kundera should ring in our ears Those who seek power passionately do so not to change the present or the future, but the past to rewrite history The most hopeful and pleasing essay in this collection however, is an essay celebrating the wider meaning of literature in Chinua Achebe s community Mbari After first reading about it, I introduced the concept to my students, as I have long thought that the Western approach to literature has become very specialised, almost sterile, a kind of exercise in intellectual bullshit bingo oh, sorry and a standardised prompt for graded essays in school My own concept of reading to live and living to read does not quite fit that idea, even though I recognise that I take part in this tradition I do not want to rewrite history here Mbari, the literature celebration Achebe describes, goes deeper towards the mythical roots of storytelling as a communal act, an act of social gathering and sharing Mbari was a celebration, through art, of the world and the life lived in it It was performed by the community on command by its presiding deity, usually the earth goddess, Ala or Ana Ala combined two formidable roles in the Igbo pantheon as fountain of creativity in the world and custodian of the moral order in human society This makes total sense to me, and explains in a creative, imaginative way why I keep reading excessively, in all genres serious and hilarious books, nonfiction, novels, drama and poems it is a celebration of human community, a call for creative power and social commitment, a vital dialogue, and a path to deeper understanding of, and therefore compassion for, the diversity of our shared heritage.Mbari is celebrated whenever we talk about books on GR Who is Chinua Achebe the boy asks when he sees me reading He s the writer who made people notice African novels They call him the patriarch of African Literature. Ohhh Is this your favorite book No, but this one is I read it when I was your ageI reach for Things Fall Apart from my shelf and hand it to him He s here for an hour or two, with his sister, the kids another single mother friend has sent to hang out in my library until she gets home from the second job His dad died in the s Who is Chinua Achebe the boy asks when he sees me reading He s the writer who made people notice African novels They call him the patriarch of African Literature. Ohhh Is this your favorite book No, but this one is I read it when I was your ageI reach for Things Fall Apart from my shelf and hand it to him He s here for an hour or two, with his sister, the kids another single mother friend has sent to hang out in my library until she gets home from the second job His dad died in the same war I survived I feel some responsibility for him He opens the book, his younger sister finishes her Math homework, I place lamb in the oven and continue reading.Achebe lost the use of his legs during a car accident sometime during the late 90s or early 2000s the years are conflicting in a couple of essays and I find myself with the thought, the visual in the back of my mind as I read His wife left her job as a college instructor to take care of him The man survived the Biafra War, only to lose his legs to an accident This disturbs me I know I shouldn t concentrate on the fact, still, it bugs me, so I place the book on the counter and go off to chop some green peppers and onions.Chinua Achebe posed for the New Yorker after his accident The Education of a British Protected Child is an eloquent, erudite collection of essays that make the effects of colonialism palpable Achebe didn t consider this an academic collection, in fact he stresses the point that he is straying from academic speak since he is a novelist at heart, and yet these pieces sometimes take on the texture of a impassioned lecture What makes the collection appealing is its nuanced look at the mental and physical concept that is colonialism Achebe visits the thoughts of black Africans and Americans, even infusing James Baldwin s thoughts at a conference they d attended in Florida, when Baldwin called him my brother He writes of Langston Hughes offering him a seat of honor next to him, at the opera, while Achebe was still an apprentice writer He debunks the theory that Africans write in European languages as ignorant and meaningless comparisons, and instead presents the theory of linguistic pluralism that stems from the rich history of Africa.I m engrossed in all of this when the boy asks another question What is palm wine I hesitate It s something sour and bitter.He snickers, unconvinced Okonkwo is stubborn But he s brave I nod and try not to say , a method I used with former students I want them to formulate their own thoughts and I help guide them, but not before the act of intellectual conception We continue reading quietly.Achebe mentions Dom Afonso, king of the kingdom of Bukongo 1506 1543 , whose kingdom was destroyed by Portuguese colonists That country now Democratic Republic of Congo , has known many names, seen many wars Before this, it had been a thriving kingdom with embassies in Lisbon and Rome Achebe s point is that sometimes the history books do not contain most of what was Africa before Europeans arrived His point is that it is not necessary for black people to invent a great fictitious past in order to justify their human existence and dignity but that they must recover it by becoming researchers and writers What better time to hear these words, than during Black History Month A younger Achebe, in 1960, with two editions of his masterpiece An hour later, the phone rings Girl, thanks so much I m on my way He looks up Please tell my mom I needtime, he says How bout you pick them up after the grocery runHe giving you a hard time Tell him I ll be there when I get there and he better be ready He s reading. He s whaaaat Okonkwo is having a palaver right now and I want to finish that part, he yells from the library Okon who is this Okon whatever And he s having a whaaaat Achebe is a skillful writer, which makes these essays a delight to read His view that Nigeria is not a mother or fatherland, but rather a child that needs its citizens to raise it was particularly striking He makes cogent points about the toxic legacy of colonialism, which I think is especially obvious in the way some aid organizations want ed to impose fixes, rather than participate in finding solutions.On a technically picky note, the LOC wants to catalogue this in 823.914, which is Englis Achebe is a skillful writer, which makes these essays a delight to read His view that Nigeria is not a mother or fatherland, but rather a child that needs its citizens to raise it was particularly striking He makes cogent points about the toxic legacy of colonialism, which I think is especially obvious in the way some aid organizations want ed to impose fixes, rather than participate in finding solutions.On a technically picky note, the LOC wants to catalogue this in 823.914, which is English fiction English as in British American fiction would be 813 Not only is this not fiction, I fail to see that writing it in English makes the work essentially less African, but the DDC, itself a clumsy Victorian legacy piece cluttered with outmoded ideas, wouldn t consider putting the work with African literature unless it had been written in Igbo 896.332 This is screamingly ironic in light of Politics and Politicans of Language in African Literature p 96 It turns out that to the LOC, Achebe is still a British Protected Person The Good 2 reoccurring themes in this collection of short essays 1 African history written by colonizers vs by Africans always enjoy Achebe bringing up Joseph Conrad Heart of Darkness only to bury him again, as reviewed in Defines, Decodes and DEFIES the language, mythos and ethos of colonialism.I ve read so many of Achebe s non fiction work in quick succession, and as a result, not only am I quite charmed he seemed to be such a charismatic person , I ve received an education that has sharpened my mind and further deepened my love and appreciation for Chinua Achebe s work, but for African diasporic literature in general I never really understood what writing as resistance really meant after all, I came up in a Defines, Decodes and DEFIES the language, mythos and ethos of colonialism.I ve read so many of Achebe s non fiction work in quick succession, and as a result, not only am I quite charmed he seemed to be such a charismatic person , I ve received an education that has sharpened my mind and further deepened my love and appreciation for Chinua Achebe s work, but for African diasporic literature in general I never really understood what writing as resistance really meant after all, I came up in a time where so many amazing writers had laid this wonderful foundation for me a canon of our own, so to speak However, to be of a generation of the dispossessed as Achebe calls it, who for generations had their stories co opted, grossly defined and used as tools against them in their own oppression well, to write against that, against ones dispossessors and ones own folk too He spoke truth to power It almost got him killed and tell your story for yourself that is resistance Literature indeed is revolutionary We were lucky to have Chinua Achebe as one of its wielders, its upholders of the power of storytelling, a global treasure This book is a great detox for all the colonial propaganda that one hears It is a must read for understanding the language of colonialism Nevertheless, Chinua Achebe is a great writer and a man of determined and stubborn stance He will never move aside whenever the subject of colonialism comes and he will give a scathing and deriding reminder to the coloniser of his atrocities He is critical of Conrad and points out his shameful remarks clearly This book is also about Africa and Africans T This book is a great detox for all the colonial propaganda that one hears It is a must read for understanding the language of colonialism Nevertheless, Chinua Achebe is a great writer and a man of determined and stubborn stance He will never move aside whenever the subject of colonialism comes and he will give a scathing and deriding reminder to the coloniser of his atrocities He is critical of Conrad and points out his shameful remarks clearly This book is also about Africa and Africans Their sufferings from outsiders and their own corruption, all in the same book This book will teach you, no doubt, but it will also make you think and know about an Africa that is I am from South Asia and this book enlightened me to colonialism and it s global tyrannies One chapter that was of particular interest to me was Politics and politicians of language in African literature This is a must read for those who have an argument of English as being the language of the coloniser and its usage in the contemporary nation state as a national state language Non fiction is a bit difficult for me to get into but I must say that from all the Chinua Achebe titles that I ve read, this collection of essays was the most enjoyable It reads like a conversation with a very insightful, witty and passionate man It becomes very clear within a few pages that Achebe was very opinionated and had no qualms expressing those opinions I have laughed out loud and sworn indignantly on many occasions, sometimes in the same paragraphln conclusion, this is a potent piec Non fiction is a bit difficult for me to get into but I must say that from all the Chinua Achebe titles that I ve read, this collection of essays was the most enjoyable It reads like a conversation with a very insightful, witty and passionate man It becomes very clear within a few pages that Achebe was very opinionated and had no qualms expressing those opinions I have laughed out loud and sworn indignantly on many occasions, sometimes in the same paragraphln conclusion, this is a potent piece of literature and one of my top reads of the year Highly recommend this to anyone who wants to learn about African traditional culture and finding it s identity during modern independence I have, through this collection, become aware of the debts of inhumanity the white person has gone to to nullify my humanity Reading that is not only educational but crucial to every African. When I borrowed this collection as an audiobook, I expected a collection of autobiographical essays about Chinua Achebe s childhood This was so muchthan that Should be required reading in courses on American history, world history, economics As usual, words fail me. Chinua Achebe had the ability to discuss complex subjects with so much clarity This was displayed in his essay collection, The Education of a British Protected Child I have deep appreciation for this collection because he spoke truth to power addressing political issues amongst other subjects despite living in an time when freedom of speech was a myth In 17 personal essays, he passionately takes us through his thoughts and experiences around racism, identity, the legacy of colonisation an Chinua Achebe had the ability to discuss complex subjects with so much clarity This was displayed in his essay collection, The Education of a British Protected Child I have deep appreciation for this collection because he spoke truth to power addressing political issues amongst other subjects despite living in an time when freedom of speech was a myth In 17 personal essays, he passionately takes us through his thoughts and experiences around racism, identity, the legacy of colonisation and imperialism His deep understanding of his Igbo heritage is on full display through his use of traditional philosophies like Mbari.A dominant subject in this collection and one he never shied away from is colonisation He discusses critically how the project contributed to the deliberately skewed image of Africa The central drive to ridicule the claim that Africa was this far off uncharted territory with no history was glaring in his easy Africa s Tarnished Name I see much of Achebe s thoughts on today s mainstream topics the legacy of colonisation, Africans controlling their narrative, diaspora relations with Africa, identity and language politics Overall, this is a brilliant thought provoking collection filled with gems, intellectual drag Joseph Conrad was dragged for filth sprinkled with humour Definitely worth your time

The Education of a British-Protected Child eBook ä
  • Hardcover
  • 208 pages
  • The Education of a British-Protected Child
  • Chinua Achebe
  • English
  • 24 February 2017
  • 1846142598