Achebe May Have Died From Shock Of Kano Bombings – Soyinka, Clark

Achebe-Soyinka-and-ClarkLiterary giants, Prof. Wole Soyinka and J.P. Clark, have linked the demise of Professor Chinua Achebe to the bomb attacks that rocked the northern city of Kano on Monday.

In a joint statement they issued on Friday, entitled “On the Passing of Chinua Achebe,” they noted that his death might have been hastened by the shock from the violence that killed those they described as Achebe’s people.

The statement read, “For us, the loss of Chinua Achebe is, above all else, intensely personal. We have lost a brother, a colleague, a trailblazer and a doughty fighter.

“Of the ‘pioneer quartet’ of contemporary Nigerian literature, two voices have been silenced – one, of the poet Christopher Okigbo, and now, the novelist Chinua Achebe.

“It is perhaps difficult for outsiders of that intimate circle to appreciate this sense of depletion, but we take consolation in the young generation of writers to whom the baton has been passed, those who have already creatively ensured that there is no break in the continuum of the literary vocation.

“We need to stress this at a critical time of Nigerian history, where the forces of darkness appear to overshadow the illumination of existence that literature represents.

“These are forces that arrogantly pride themselves implacable and brutal enemies of what Chinua and his pen represented, not merely for the African continent, but for humanity.

“Indeed, we cannot help wondering if the recent insensate massacre of Chinua’s people in Kano, only a few days ago, hastened the fatal undermining of that resilient will that had sustained him so many years after his crippling accident.”


  1. Sobs……I concur with Soyinka and Clark,the Kano bomb blast played a significant role in his death as his ill-health exacerbated immediately he saw the news on T.v,his eyes became very teary,all efforts made to stabilize him proved futile.

  2. May his soul RIP… But for you to say the kano bombing is/was the reason behind his demise this might portrait the grt prof as a sectionals and selfish coz thousands of people were killed almost everyday in the same manner as that of monday bombing… Pls gentlemen be just in your reasoning…

  3. I totally agree with the fact that the shock of the bomb might also contribute to his death, this shows how concerned he is for the lives of his people. May His Gentle Rest in peace and also now that he has joined the spiritual realm, he should help and fight this perpetrators spiritually, exposing every of there plan, for such ugly and barbaric incident not to repeat itself. RIP our Great Literary Icon