Passing of Chinua Achebe

Chinua you’ve passed away I hear
So suddenly I can’t believe it
Because you are so much needed
As a voice
Of wisdom
In this world

Oh Chinua you’ve passed away
Achebe you’ve gone your way
And on that way you told us
So many important things
Along the way, along
Our journey, even
If unto us unknown you told us
So many important things
Like that things fall apart
Things which have become corrupted
Because of colonialism
Things that fell apart
Because of that destruction
That left imprints of confusion
And set into motion
A dangerous mechanism that seems to ensure
That things continue
To fall apart
As a result of confusion
And too little action
To address the structures of the system
That seems to ensure
That things continue
To fall
Out of the order
That once has been
Upon a time
Before the destruction
When there was balance
In times long time ago

And now without you
The world falls apart
Even a little bit more
Without you we are
No longer at Ease

So let us make an offering
To honour you and as a remedy
That things
Will get back into shape
As it had been
In the sacred forest of the origin.



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Passing of Chinua Achebe
Ursula Troche
Marion Kramer
Amir Kaufmann
Thomas M. Wendt
XXIX. 2014 Black International Cinema Berlin

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XXIX. 2014
Black International Cinema Berlin

"Pathways to Enlightenment / Wege zur Erkenntnis"
May 7-11

"Footprints in the Sand?" Exhibition
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XXIX. 2014 Black International Cinema Berlin