Chinua Achebe: US museum preserves aso-ebi used during burial of African literary icon

Chinua Achebe: US museum preserves aso-ebi used during burial of African literary icon

- Smithsonian's National Museum of African Art in Washington DC, USA, shared a photo of aso-ebi used during the burial late Chinua Achebe

- The literary giant's ankara fabric was earlier displayed for exhibition by the museum

- Achebe died on March 21, 2013, and was buried on Thursday, May 23, 2013

African literary giant Chinua Achebe died on March 21, 2013, at the aged 82. He was buried on Thursday, May 23, 2013, with sympathisers dressed in customised ankara fabric aso-ebi.

The Nigerian novelist, poet, professor, and social critic was born on November 16, 1930, in Ogidi in Idemili North local government area, Anambra state.

Smithsonian's National Museum of African Art in Washington DC, USA, on Tuesday, August 27, shared a photo of an intern carrying out post-exhibition cleaning of aso-ebi used during the burial of the literary giant once exhibited in the museum on its Instagram handle..

The textile they claimed was recently uninstalled after several months of exhibition and it will be moved to storage to protect it from light damage.

Achebe, while alive, twice rebuffed national honours but in death, he was given a state burial by the ex-president Goodluck Jonathan led federal government.

In 2004, Achebe refused a national award and a second time, in 2011. His reason was given as: "The reasons for rejecting the offer when it was first made have not been addressed, let alone solved."

The literary icon’s Things Fall Apart, an anti-colonialist book, is the biggest-selling novel from Africa of all time. It tells the story of his Igbo tribe's disastrous first experience of European colonialism.

Legit.ng had reported that a Nigerian fashion designer Patience Torlowei's hand-painted dress named Esther made history when it became the first item of high fashion to be ever requested by the Smithsonian Institute's National Museum of African Art in Washington DC as a permanent exhibit.

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