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Biafra’ (2012).Achebe also published several of collections short stories likeThe Sacrificial Egg and OtherStories(1953),Girls at War and Other Stories (1973)and a children’s book,How the LeopardGot His Claws(1973).Another Africa(1998) combines an essay and poems. In 2007 he wonthe Man Booker International Prize and received numerous honorary fellowships anddoctorates from institutions around the world. The great writer passed away on 21stMarch, 2013.SUMMARY‘Marriage is a Private Affair’ tells the story of two young people who find themselvescaught in a clash between the old and the new. Nene belongs to the Ibibo tribe, a region ofsoutheastern Nigeria, while her soon to be husband Nnaemeka belongs to the Ibo tribe.When Nnaemeka moves to Lagos, the capital of Nigeria, to be with Nene an ancienttradition has clearly been broken. While Nene is excited to share her plans of marriage,Nnaemeka isn't so sure, for he knows that his father, Okeke would strongly object as Nenebelonged to another tribe. True to Nnaemeka’s expectation Okeke was very upset whenhe came to know of his son’s plans and vehemently opposed them. The villagersassembled to give Okeke their support and pronounced that such a thing had never beenheard of in the village. They quoted the Bible to show that Jesus had foreseen this veryphenomenon, of sons turning against fathers. They wanted Okeke to take Nnaemeka to atraditional doctor but we see that he is a progressive man in that case and refuses to do so.Nnaemeka maintains a small glimmer of hope, thinking that with time his father wouldchange his mind. However the old man would only reply, "I will never see her." Okeke isoffended when his son sends him his wedding picture and sends it back with Nene’spicture cut out of it. The internal struggle undergone by Okeke is poignantly portrayed ashis love and concern for his son clashes with his traditions. This leaves Nnaemeka nochoice but to move on without the consent of his father. He and Nene begin a happymarriage together and gradually even the Ibo women in Lagos accept Nene and their twochildren. Then one day, the Okeke recieves an unexpected letter from Nene herself,explaining that his grandsons are asking to see him. This leaves him with the sameinternal struggle he experienced when his son married Nene. The ending is left open tothe reader as Okeke goes to sleep with a turbulent heart as he imagines his grandsons inthe raging storm outside with no protection.
School of Distance EducationPerspective on LiteraturePage 22GLOSSARYLagos:a metropolitan city in Nigeria and the mostpopulated.Ibo:Igbo (pronounce d as Ibo) people is an ethnicgroup based in West Africa, chiefly in South-eastern Nigeria. Chinua Achebe belonged to theIgbo tribe.

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