Thursday, May 23, 2013

Mourners Gather To Honor Chinua Achebe At Funeral

 Mourners gathered in Prof. Chinua Achebe's  hometown for a funeral Thursday in Ogidi, a small town in Nigeria's east. Among attendees was Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan, who held up copies of Achebe's books during the service at a local Anglican church _ including his famous essay "The Trouble With Nigeria." Achebe will be buried tonight by his family in a mausoleum next to his home in Ogidi. Images: Sunday Alamba/Associated Press


Pallbearers carry the coffin of late author Chinua Achebe at his funeral service, held at St. Philip's Anglican Church in Ogidi, Nigeria, Thursday, May 23, 2013. Writer Chinua Achebe shunned Nigeria’s corrupt politicians and twice turned down national honors, never fearing to criticizing those he felt ruined a country he once supported breaking away from. On Thursday, however, the lawmakers and the country’s elite came to him. Hundreds attended Achebe’s funeral among the rolling hills of his eastern Nigeria home, a service that saw even President Goodluck Jonathan literally hold up the writer’s books. The gold plaque on his coffin simply called him the “eagle atop the Iroko tree” in his native Igbo language.



Pallbearers carry the coffin of late author Chinua Achebe at his funeral service, held at St. Philip's Anglican Church in Ogidi, Nigeria, Thursday, May 23, 2013.



Family members follow the coffin of late author Chinua Achebe at his funeral service, held at St. Philip's Anglican Church in Ogidi, Nigeria, Thursday, May 23, 2013.



Christie Achebe, the wife of late author Chinua Achebe, at his funeral service, held at St. Philip's Anglican Church in Ogidi, Nigeria, Thursday, May 23, 2013.





Unidentified traditional Igbo chiefs attend an event to celebrate the life of late author Chinua Achebe in Awka, Nigeria.



A woman sells Tell Magazine copies with portrait of Chinua Achebe.




From left, Deputy speaker of the house of representative Emeka Ihedioha, Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan, centre, and Ghanaian President John Mahama, right, attend the funeral of author Chinua Achebe at his funeral service, held at St. Philip's Anglican Church in Ogidi, Nigeria, Thursday, May 23, 2013.
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