Things Fall Apart Background Information

Political Context • Approval of the entire clan is necessary before any major decision is made. • Egwugwu, the representative of the ancestral spirits, are integral in administering tribal justice. • Ndichie, the elders of the village, have a place of honour in the clan and their advice is respected. • The priests get their power from the Oracle, and…

Things Fall Apart Background Information

Things Fall Apart is an English-language novel by Nigerian author Chinua Achebe published in 1958 by William Heinemann Ltd in the UK. It is seen as the archetypal modern African novel in English, one of the first to receive global critical acclaim. It is a staple book in schools throughout Africa and is widely read and studied in English-speaking countries…

The Lion and the Jewel by Wole Soyinka

Wole Soyinka, the author of twenty plays, six novels and six collections of poems, represents Yoruba tradition in his comic play. In the play, The Lion and the Jewel, the conflict between tradition and modernization covers a significant portion of Wole Soyinka’s work.  He was the first African writer to be awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature. Morning The play is set in the village of Ilujinle. Note Lakunle’s age. Despite…