Book review of Chinua Achebe's No Longer at Ease by a teacher in Upper East, Ghana

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Review by AKARIYAMA CLEMENT:

No Longer at Ease is a book written by Chinua Achebe, a renowned African writer, His message is about how foreign education has affected Africans. For example, when Obi Okonkwo returns to Nigeria from England, his foreign education separates him from his African roots. 

Chinua Achebe's No Longer at Ease remains a brilliant statement of the challenges facing African today. His message is well presented with the use of local settings of major events and a lot of local dialect. No Longer at Ease is a moral teaching novel and a book meant to criticize the sudden rush for foreign culture especially religion to the detriment of African tradition and culture. It places emphasis on how foreign religion has affected our African norms, beliefs, valves and customs. If not all but most Africans have placed everything of the European as more superior than that of themselves. For instance, the protagonist in novel (Obi Okonkwo) insisted to marry a lady in the name of Christianity despise been advised from parents and members of the Umuofia Progression Union that it is against custom and tradition. 

 Also, the writer brings out the importance of co-operative efforts. As the saying goes, "Together we stand, divided we fall" the Umuofia Progressive Union make contributions to sponsor their children that gain scholarship to study abroad. This teaches us the importance of togetherness. 

 Chinua Achebe also highlights African beliefs and thought about God and their ancestor. Anything good or bad that happens in Umuofia is attributed to God and their ancestors. Because of this, they are careful not to disobey or wrong them. In fact, No Longer at Ease is an interesting and a heart- moving book that teaches moral and values of the African tradition. I therefore encourage all and sundry to read No Longer at Ease for a better life.

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