Achebe on colonization,
its impact, and its legacy:
Without subscribing to the view that Africa gained nothing at
all in her long encounter with Europe, one could still say, in
all fairness, that she suffered many terrible and lasting misfortunes.
In terms of human dignity and human relations the encounter was
almost a complete disaster for the black races. It has warped
the mental attitudes of both black and white. In giving expression
to the plight of their people, black writers have shown again
and again how strongly this traumatic experience can possess the
sensibility. They have found themselves drawn irresistibly to
writing about the fate of black people in a world progressively
recreated by white men in their own image, to their glory and
for their profit, in which the Negro became the poor motherless
child of the spirituals and of so many Nigerian folk tales. ("The
Black Writers Burden," 1966).