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Because this was a collection of short essays written over a long period of time, and written for various reasons and events, there was quite a bit of overlap. The same event or story would be mentioned in a few different essays, though each time a different part of it would be expounded upon. While the repetition could have become grating instead I found it really reinforced the messages Achebe was making and worked to draw the disparate essays together.
As always, Achebe delivers with every well-chosen word and perfectly crafted sentence.