Pan African youth praise Achebe legacy

2013-03-23 22:23
In this 2008 file photo, Chinua Achebe, Nigerian-born novelist and poet poses his life at his home on the campus of Bard College in Annandale-on-Hudson, New York. (Craig Ruttle, AP)

In this 2008 file photo, Chinua Achebe, Nigerian-born novelist and poet poses his life at his home on the campus of Bard College in Annandale-on-Hudson, New York. (Craig Ruttle, AP)

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Johannesburg - The Pan African Youth Union (PYU) will ensure acclaimed author Chinua Achebe's legacy was imparted to young Africans, it said on Saturday.

"In honour of his memory we want to encourage Africa’s youth to seek knowledge and educate themselves about Africa and its evolution," said PYU president Andile Lungisa.

"It is only through knowledge and education that African youth can prosper, let us all therefore make knowledge seeking our utmost priority, towards our own development and that of our continent."

Lungisa said the PYU would urge all heads of state to make education a priority and encourage the desire to read among young people.

"These are some of the lessons that we need to impart on the youth, as part of a legacy that was introduced by great Africans including Kwame Nkruma, Nelson Mandela, Robert Mugabe and authors like the late Achebe," said Lungisa.

The youth union extended its condolences to the Achebe family. Achebe, aged 82, died in a hospital in Boston, Massachusetts.

He had lived and worked as a professor in the United States in recent years, most recently at Brown University in Rhode Island.

He was best known internationally for his debut novel Things Fall Apart.

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