Greatness squared: Chinua Achebe with Nelson Mandela in Cape town in 2002 (SNAPSHOT)

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by Rachel Ogbu

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“There was a writer named Chinua Achebe [11/1930 - 03/2013] in whose company the prison walls fell.” – Nelson Mandela

Mandela had also said that Achebe was the writer who “brought Africa to the rest of the world”.

In this photo, the acclaimed Nigerian author Achebe and former South African President Mandela chat on September 12, 2002 prior to Achebe receiving an honorary degree of Doctor of Literature and delivering the third Steve Biko Memorial Lecture at the University of Cape Town. AFP PHOTO


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