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Jago Morrison

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780719084362

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719084362.001.0001

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A Man of the People and the Biafran writings

A Man of the People and the Biafran writings

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Chinua Achebe

Jago Morrison

Manchester University Press

This chapter examines A Man of the People in relation to the historical circumstances that produced it, a situation in which Nigeria's fledgling democracy was at an end and its public sphere overrun by corruption and violence. It then goes on to explore Achebe's writings from the Nigerian civil war, including not only the short fiction and poetry but his revealing fable for children How the Leopard Got His Claws. In Achebe's last writings, he revealed himself to be the lead author of Biafra's revolutionary statement of principles The Ahiara Declaration, a profoundly resonant historical document that has never previously been analysed as a part of his work. This discussion marks a significant new departure in the evaluation of Achebe as a writer.

Keywords:   Achebe, Chinua, Nigeria, Biafra, A Man of the People, Girls at War, Ahiara Declaration, The, How the Leopard Got His Claws

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