The Education of a British-Protected Child

The Education of a British-Protected Child is a collection of essays written between the late 1980s and 2009.  Many of the essays touch on themes of colonialism, imperialism, war, slavery, and race, although some are autobiographical in nature and explore Achebe's life, both in Nigeria and abroad. The majority of the essays were not written specifically for this collection, but rather were adapted from Achebe's previous writings or speeches.

"Because colonialism was essentially a denial of human worth and dignity, its education program would not be a model of perfection.  And yet the great thing about being human is our ability to face adversity down by refusing to be defined by it, refusing to be no more than its agent or victim."

Chinua Achebe is a novelist, poet, and professor.  Some of his most well-known works include Things Fall Apart, Arrow of God, and Anthills of The Savannah.  He has also written books for children, including Chike and the River.  Achebe was born in the Igbo town of Ogidi in Nigeria and, from 2009 until his death in 2013, taught at Brown University.

Published:  2009
Length:  192 pages
Set in:  Nigeria