What memories do I want to preserve?

What memories do I want to share?

Who am I?

Who do I want to be?

“I would like to preserve memories about being in the backyard of the family house in the mango tree and I would love to share that, but the memories I don’t want to share are the discipline I got from my family and I wouldn’t want to remind me of that.”

In Chinua Achebe’s Things Fall Apart, Okonkwo can’t bear weakness. He is wealthy and powerful with a warrior’s heart. He beats his wives, murders a child, and when the missionaries come, the clan becomes divided.

War and persecution divide people from each other, their nations, their homes. If the Home Office throws out your case or loses your precious papers, things get even worse. In the storytelling group, we ask: What can we learn from Okonkwo's story? What memories do we carry? Who are we? What are our rights? How can we bring things together?


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