Photo Talk: Chinua Achebe’s funeral in Nigeria

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Thousands of mourners, including these traditional Igbo chiefs, have been attending the funeral of renowned Nigerian author Chinua Achebe in his home town of Ogidi in Anambra state.

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The casket carrying Mr Achebe’s remains was carried to St Phillips Anglican Church in the town. He died in March in the US at the age of 82

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Mr Achebe’s widow, Christie, listens as her son Ikechukwu speaks at the ceremony.

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Mr Achebe is widely regarded as the founding father of African literature in English.

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President Goodluck Jonathan was also among those attending, although correspondents say political patronage and the trappings of power were anathema to the author.

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A vendor was on hand to sell copies of Mr Achebe’s last book.

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Traditional chiefs had also gathered a day earlier in Awka for an event celebrating the author’s life.

 

source: BBC

 

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