Sweets summarises works of literature in short videos, usually under five minutes long, and then shares his analysis. On he says: “Ain’t no doubt that those crooked-ass imperialists took a big old dump on Africa, but like we can see with Okonkwo icing his boy and disrespecting the gods, maybe things started falling apart before they got there.”
Although Things Fall Apart is a work of fiction, depiction of Ibo tribes and customs is informative. Ibo proverbs are included in the book; one of the more interesting is the story of the locusts. The village elders say that locusts - considered a tasty treat - come only once in a generation, which explains why villagers are thrilled when a huge number descends on the village.
The dramatization of the epic contribution of Professor Chinua Achebe's book, "Things Fall Apart". The book, transcribed to more than 300 languages worldwide is renowned for its contribution towards the development of African History as till date, it remains a point of reference far beyond post secondary education in Africa and beyond. It is thought that the account, as portrayed in the book, depicts customs and tradition of the Igbo tribe of Nigeria, and drawn from events as they happened in Ogidi, the Home town of much admired CHINUALUMOGU ACHEBE.
Pema Chodron has a wonderful book called When Things Fall Apart: Heart Advice for Difficult Times which was given to me many years ago. It sat on my bookshelf and I hardly opened it.
About six months ago, she was on Oprah's "Super Soul Sunday" series and I was absolutely fascinated by her story. Before she became a best selling author and famous Tibetan Buddhist nun, she was a regular woman who grew up in NJ, taught elementary school and had two children. Her life fell apart, she said when she discovered that her husband of eight years was having an affair and left her while her children were very young.
I was completely drawn into her story because it was so similar to mine and began to follow her teachings. All of us have at one time or another had our lives fall apart. A loved one is diagnosed with a terminal illness, we lose our job and in the process, our identities, a relationship ends, we are battling an addiction or someone we love dies. Whatever the event, it's easy for us to go to the place of being a victim. To feel sorry for ourselves. "Why is this happening to me?" What did I do to deserve this?"
We did nothing to deserve it. Bad things happen to good people all the time. The trick is to reframe what is happening to us. To get out of the story and get into the gifts and opportunities presenting themselves. I'm not saying this is easy. Far from it. But it's possible. If you can surrender to what is happening.
A year ago, I was at an event when this man I had never met before overheard me telling the "story" of what had just happened to me. I couldn't get through the story without crying. He said, "I've been listening to your story and I'm not trying to diminish the pain that you're feeling but I'm wondering if I can tell you a different story. The one that is actually true." Intrigued, I agreed to listen to his version of my story.
Works by Chinua Achebe