"When the British came to Ibo land for instance at the beginning of the 20th century and defeated the men in pitched battles in different places and set up their administrations the men surrendered. And it was the women who led the first revolt."
"But I liked Yeats! That wild Irishman. I really loved his love of language his flow. His chaotic ideas seemed to me just the right thing for a poet. Passion! He was always on the right side. He may be wrongheaded but his heart was always on the right side. He wrote beautiful poetry."
"In fact I thought that Christianity was very a good and a very valuable thing for us. But after a while I began to feel that the story that I was told about this religion wasnt perhaps completely whole that something was left out."
"My parents were early converts to Christianity in my part of Nigeria. They were not just converts my father was an evangelist a religious teacher. He and my mother traveled for thirty-five years to different parts of Igboland spreading the gospel."
"I tell my students its not difficult to identify with somebody like yourself somebody next door who looks like you. Whats more difficult is to identify with someone you dont see whos very far away whos a different color who eats a different kind of food. When you begin to do that then literature is really performing its wonders."