Chinua Achebe: A hero returns

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You might be forgiven for thinking they had turned out to greet Nelson Mandela. A huge noisy crowd, complete with dancers and drummers, gathered at the entrance of Abuja airport in the Nigerian capital at 0530 in the morning.

But not to greet a great statesman, nor even a rock star, but a 79-year-old writer: Chinua Achebe. Africa’s greatest novelist was returning home to Nigeria for only the second time in 20 years.

We had been warned about the rock star treatment. The last time he came, tens of thousands of people packed a football stadium to hear him speak.

Mr Achebe was in Nigeria to speak at a festival celebrating the culture of his ethnic group, the Igbo.

Read More:http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/africa/7896665.stm

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