Africa and Africans as Depicted in Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe

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Africa and Africans as Depicted in Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe
In this work on how to write about Africa, Binyavanga Wainaina, one of the prominent
African writers analyse how one can write the best-selling story about Africa. Wainaina (2006)
argue that the best way to write about Africa is to bring to the fore its backwardness because that
is what people want to hear and see about Africa. His line of thinking is supported by other
authors who argue that the story of Africa as told by foreigners depicts a continent that is
backward and uncultured (Booker 2011; Rhoads 1993). However, a different narrative is seen
when the story about Africa is told by Africans like Chinua Achebe who understands Africa and
here culture, and does not see the continent from an outside view, but from living and interacting
with the people. This study analyse how Chinua Achebe depicts Africa and Africans in his book
Things Fall Apart.

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Book Review/Reading Assignment   Africa_SM2_2018
Book review/reading assignment (worth 20%) 1000 words. Due 20 Aug (sun.)11pm.
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Read one of the African novels on the LMS document (or find another with tutor's approval).
We are interested in novels not academic texts or textbooks. In 1,000 words, write a “book
review” of the work. Show how the book presents Africa and African life, and offer your own
critical observations of the book.
The aim is to get you into the habit of reading critically, by providing a review of a novel that is
written by an African author, or describes/is set in Africa. Africa and Africans as Depicted in Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe.
Try to be selective in your choice of book; choose something you actually want to study.
Reviews should always be written as though they are going appear in an academic journal. This
means full bibliographic details at the top, and your name visible. Have a look at how academic
reviews in that and other journals are structured. It goes without saying that I expect you to read
the book! Avoid any previously published reviews of it (and especially student reviews) on the
web or in journals. Africa and Africans as Depicted in Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe.
Reviews are marked on
 quality of your analysis
 structure of your review – move from an introduction to the key points you wish to
make, then conclude.
 proper bibliography (if needed)
 good use of sources (if needed)- proper citation of ideas and quotations
 no plagiarism or misuse of sources and web sites
 We will award minimal % for good presentation.
The majority of marks will be awarded for the quality of your analysis of the book. So make
sure you set the book in context (author’s reputation? Place where it is set? is it part of a series
etc.?), describe its contents in brief, before offering critical judgments. Africa and Africans as Depicted in Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe.
Usually reviewers have a good knowledge of the subject matter of the piece they are reviewing.
So you might need to read around the subject a little, research the author, or look into any
historical episodes that are described, in order to feel confident in your opinions.
Answers are marked on
 quality of your analysis and answering the question
 structure of your answer – move from an introduction to the key points you wish to
make, then conclude.
 proper bibliography
 good use of sources – proper citation of ideas and quotations
 no plagiarism or  misuse of sources and web sites
 We will award minimal % for good presentation. Africa and Africans as Depicted in Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe.

Examples of correct citation

Author, (date), Title, Source/Publisher

e.g. Book:
Smith N. 1994. Uneven Development. Oxford: Blackwell Publishers.
Or if it's a journal:
Pfeiffer, J.M. and Butz, R.J., 2005. Assessing cultural and ecological variation in ethnobiological
research: the importance of gender. Journal of ethnobiology, 25(2), pp.240-278.
Web page:
New Internationalist. 2000. Issue on Africa. No. 326, August. Available at:
http://www.newint.org/issue326/contents.htm

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Africa and Africans as Depicted in Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe
In this work on how to write about Africa, Binyavanga Wainaina, one of the prominent
African writers analyse how one can write the best-selling story about Africa. Wainaina (2006)
argue that the best way to write about Africa is to bring to the fore its backwardness because that
is what people want to hear and see about Africa. His line of thinking is supported by other
authors who argue that the story of Africa as told by foreigners depicts a continent that is
backward and uncultured (Booker 2011; Rhoads 1993). However, a different narrative is seen
when the story about Africa is told by Africans like Chinua Achebe who understands Africa and
here culture, and does not see the continent from an outside view, but from living and interacting
with the people. This study analyse how Chinua Achebe depicts Africa and Africans in his book
Things Fall Apart………….

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