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!Read E-pub ⚞ Africa's Tarnished Name ⚡ He needed to hear Africa speak for itself after a lifetime of hearing Africa spoken about by othersElectrifying essays on the history, complexity, diversity of a continent, from the father of modern African literaturePenguin Modern fifty new books celebrating the pioneering spirit of the iconic Penguin Modern Classics series, with each one offering a concentrated hit of its contemporary, international flavour Here are authors ranging from Kathy Acker to James Baldwin, Truman Capote to Stanislaw Lem and George Orwell to Shirley Jackson essays radical and inspiring poems moving and disturbing stories surreal and fabulous taking us from the deep South to modern Japan, New York s underground scene to the farthest reaches of outer space I am a prime example of the paradox of proximity Africa is the closest continent to Europe but in my mind it feels so distant and different This little collection of essays looks at how that idea took root in the white European psyche over centuries and how it still manifests today through policy and practice It also takes the danger of relying on these colonial mythologies when reporting in the post colonial sphere, much like Adiche s danger of a single story The best non fiction exposes ou I am a prime example of the paradox of proximity Africa is the closest continent to Europe but in my mind it feels so distant and different This little collection of essays looks at how that idea took root in the white European psyche over centuries and how it still manifests today through policy and practice It also takes the danger of relying on these colonial mythologies when reporting in the post colonial sphere, much like Adiche s danger of a single story The best non fiction exposes our own assumptions and prejudices, diminishing our ignorance if we let it and I think that this little book had given me arealistic impression of one little piece of Africa and all the complexity it contains Now it s my job to follow up and educate myself Chinua Achebe is one sassy motherfucker and I could listen to him roasting Joseph Conrad all day Okay, but for real, angry Chinua is my favorite Chinua I totally didn t expect him to let his guard down in this way in these essays and speeches Chinua Achebe, the man, really shines through his words You feel his anger, his frustration, he is so muchrelatable because he is so human and vulnerable in here Africa s Tarnished Name is a superb collection on the theme of the misrepresentation Chinua Achebe is one sassy motherfucker and I could listen to him roasting Joseph Conrad all day Okay, but for real, angry Chinua is my favorite Chinua I totally didn t expect him to let his guard down in this way in these essays and speeches Chinua Achebe, the man, really shines through his words You feel his anger, his frustration, he is so muchrelatable because he is so human and vulnerable in here Africa s Tarnished Name is a superb collection on the theme of the misrepresentation of Africa by Western eyes Chinua Achebe was born in Eastern Nigeria in 1930 He went to the local public schools and was among the first students to graduate from the University of Ibadan After graduation, he worked for the Nigerian Broadcasting Corporation as a radio producer and Director of External Broadcasting, and it was during this period that he began his writing career Nigeria needs help Nigerians have their work cut out for them to coax this unruly child along the path of useful creative development We are the parents of Nigeria, not vice versa A generation will come, if we do our work patiently and well and given luck a generation that will call Nigeria father or mother But not yet In the first speech, What Is Nigeria to Me , Achebe looks back on his troubled relationship with his country Being a Nigerian is abysmally frustrating and unbelievably exciting I have said somewhere that in my next reincarnation I want to be a Nigerian again but I have also, in a rather angry book called The Trouble with Nigeria, dismissed Nigerian travel advertisements with the suggestion that only a tourist with a kinky addiction to self flagellation would pick Nigeria for a holiday And I mean both In Traveling White, he tells of an excursion to Victoria Falls on a segregated bus in the Northern Rhodesia of the early 1960s Not noticing that there were separate entrances for Blacks and whites, he d sat down at the front among the Europeans and remained with them, despite their obvious hostility, even after realizing his mistake Playing down his part in his very own Rosa Parks moment , Achebe merely relates the bare facts of the incident, emphasizing instead his despair when the Black passengers rushed to congratulate him after they all disembarked at the falls I was not elated, he recalls A monumental sadness descended on me I could be a hero because I was in transit, and these unfortunate people,brave by far than I, had formed a guard of honor for me In his superb essay Africa s Tarnished Name, Chinua Achebe asserts that colonisation gave the world a particular way of looking or, rather, not looking at Africa that endures, alas, into our own day You can see this way of looking every day if you just open your eyes take university for example, Africa in most curriculums appears only in relation to those topics that are most exotic to the Western consciousness like witchcraft and magic and those of strife and poverty that too often dominate the discourse around the continent.Chinua Achebe explores how Africa came to exist in the European psychological disposition as the farthest point of otherness Europe s very antithesis , despite its closeness to Europe geographically Achebe, his writing being rooted in colonial critique and postcolonial discourse, stresses that Africa s existence as other is by no means in its origin the result of ignorance it is a deliberate invention devised to facilitate two giant historical events the Atlantic slave trade and the colonisation of Africa by Europe I mean, CALL EM OUT Achebe really doesn t hold back and hits with the harsh truths a lot of people don t want to hear This rawness and honesty makes the titular essay by far the strongest of the bunch This tradition has invented an Africa where nothing good happens or ever happened, an Africa that has not been discovered yet and is waiting for the first European visitor to explore it and explain it and straighten it up, or,likely, perish in the attempt As he posits that fundamental to these operations was the dehumanisation and simplification of Africa and its people, Achebe offers specific examples of this poisonous perception and representation of our continent From his fierce critique of Joseph Conrad s Heart of Darkness, to a thoughtful comparison of two painterly depictions of African men by 18th century painters, to his rebuking of a late 20th century PBS documentary, Achebe s essay makes clear the ubiquitous and persisting nature of Africa s tarnished name.The last piece of writing, Africa is People, comes from a speech given at the OECD in 2011 It features one of the most heartfelt moments of this collection, as Achebe s despair and hopefulness shine through Our humanity is contingent on the humanity of our fellows No person or group can be human alone We rise above the animal together, or not at all If we learned that lesson even this late in the day, we would have taken a truly millennial step forward Overall, Africa s Tarnished Name is a very accessible collection of one of Achebe s most witty and passionate writings I d highly recommend grabbing your own copy and reading it Achebe is an angry man and in everything he writes he is full of rage and frustration at a world that denies the voice of his brothers This passion is persuasive and powerful his voice is commanding.He doesn t play around with words, instead preferring to cut straight towards the harsh truth of reality Africa is dramatically unrepresented in Western media, literature and politics White men and European leaders gather to discuss the economic future of Africa they put into place action plans Achebe is an angry man and in everything he writes he is full of rage and frustration at a world that denies the voice of his brothers This passion is persuasive and powerful his voice is commanding.He doesn t play around with words, instead preferring to cut straight towards the harsh truth of reality Africa is dramatically unrepresented in Western media, literature and politics White men and European leaders gather to discuss the economic future of Africa they put into place action plans that seek to alter the future of the continent The ideas are cold and will cause suffering to the people, a fact the white man cares not forAfrica is peopleSimple words, but when delivered to such a gathering of leading authorities Achebe silenced the room The white man is so detached from the realities of the people that he has forgotten or simply doesn t care about this simple truism Again, western representation of Africa is to blame People have become so desensitised to African culture.And it is because of this that Achebe writes so strongly against Joseph Conrad s Heart of Darkness It is a book that portrays the blacks as primitive and incapable of any sense of sophisticated society What these writers don t seem to understand is that technological advances are not necessarily the same as civilisation, morality and simple human decency This is a great edition, full of many of Achebe s most powerful pieces They are not words to be missed Delving deeper into the throes of artists, Okri writes in his novel, Dangerous Love , If you tell the truth you are in trouble But if you see the truth and you keep quiet your spirit begins to die The position of the artist is a terrible one This made me think of Achebe How difficult it must had been for him to live and to think and yet feel helpless because of the stagnancy or maybe, the snail s pace, of the world I had to pick up Achebe after Dangerous Love and what could be better t Delving deeper into the throes of artists, Okri writes in his novel, Dangerous Love , If you tell the truth you are in trouble But if you see the truth and you keep quiet your spirit begins to die The position of the artist is a terrible one This made me think of Achebe How difficult it must had been for him to live and to think and yet feel helpless because of the stagnancy or maybe, the snail s pace, of the world I had to pick up Achebe after Dangerous Love and what could be better than his collection of essays Africa s Tarnished Name is a collection of two speech adaptations and two essays The collection begins with What is Nigeria to Me where Achebe talks about an acquired taste of his generation towards Nigerian nationality His love for his country is evident from his rich knowledge of Nigerian history and the sharp criticism that he has for the country Nigeria is a country , Achebe says, where nobody can wake up in the morning and ask what can I do now There is work for all In his next essay titled Travelling White , he writes about his experiences of travelling anywhere in Africa as a Rockefeller fellow He felt the reality of segregation which was shocking to him In the essay, he presents us with the story of the judge, Wolfgang Zeidler, as a companion piece to the fashionable claim made even by writers that literature can do nothing to alter our social and political condition The eponymous essay questions the poisonous writing s and arts that paints Africa with various monochromatic colours when it is indeed a rainbow which is sometimes bright and at times, absent The last essay in this collection, Africa Is People states a fact as simple as Africa is people while showing how the most simple things can still give us a lot of trouble Achebe is someone I often turn to when I feel an intense desire to actually feel how, as human beings, it is us who are almost always responsible for the happiness and grief of others The Bantu declaration that Achebe ends Africa Is People with, Umuntu ngumuntu ngabantu , represents the reality of human suffering and contentment A human is human because of other humans