Nigerian Author Chinua Achebe Is Dead

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Chinua-Achebe Is dead

Things Fall Apart…

Africa has suffered a great loss as the world mourns the death of Chinua Achebe, a prolific award winning writer.

Chinua Ache, 82, died last night in a hospital in Boston, Massachusetts, United States where he was said to have suffered from an undisclosed ailment.

NewsDay reports;

A source close to the family said the professor had been ill for a while and was hospitalised in an undisclosed hospital in Boston.

The source declined to provide further details, saying the family would issue a statement on the development later today.

Contacted, spokesperson for Brown University, where Mr. Achebe worked until he took ill, Darlene Trewcrist, is yet to respond to our enquiries on the professor’s condition.

Until his death, the renowned author of Things Fall Apart was the David and Marianna Fisher University Professor and Professor of Africana Studies at Brown.

The University described him as “known the world over for having played a seminal role in the founding and development of African literature.”

“Achebe’s global significance lies not only in his talent and recognition as a writer, but also as a critical thinker and essayist who has written extensively on questions of the role of culture in Africa and the social and political significance of aesthetics and analysis of the postcolonial state in Africa,” Brown University writes of the literary icon.

Mr. Achebe was the author of Things Fall Apart, published in 1958, and considered the most widely read book in modern African Literature. The book sold over 12 million copies and has been translated to over 50 languages worldwide.

Many of his other novels, including Arrow of God, No Longer at Ease, Anthills of the Savannah, and A man of the People, were equally influential as well.

Prof Achebe was born in Ogidi, Anambra State, on November 16, 1930 and attended St Philips’ Central School at the age of six. He moved away from his family to Nekede, four kilometres from Owerri, the capital of Imo State, at the age of 12 and registered at the Central School there.

He attended Government College Umuahia for his secondary school education. He was a pioneer student of the University College, now University of Ibadan in 1948. He was first admitted to study medicine but changed to English, history and theology after his first year.

While studying at Ibadan, Mr. Achebe began to become critical of European literature about Africa. He eventually wrote his final papers in the University in 1953 and emerged with a second-class degree.

Prof Achebe taught for a while after graduation before joining the Nigeria Broadcasting Service in 1954 in Lagos.

While in Lagos with the Broadcast ing Service, Mr. Achebe met Christie Okoli, who later became his wife; they got married in 1961. The couple had four children.

He also played a major role during the Nigeria Civil War where he joined the Biafran Government as an ambassador.

His latest book, There Was a Country, was an autobiography on his experiences and views of the civil war. The book was probably the most criticised of his writings especially by Nigerians, with many arguing that the professor did not write a balanced account and wrote more as a Biafran than as a Nigerian.

Mr. Achebe was a consistent critic of various military dictators that ruled Nigeria and was a loud voice in denouncing the failure of governance in the country.

Twice, he rejected offers by the Nigerian government to grant him a national honour, citing the deplorable political situations in the country, particularly in his home state of Anambra, as reason.

This is a big blow to Africa literature! May his soul rest in peace…



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  1. RIP Prof. You will be remembered for your good works. Things fall apart was the book that taught me about the realities of life as an African. I learnt so much from that book. My condolences to his family.

  2. I will never forget “Things fall apart”The best literary work I have ever read.That story is so wonderful.Shame that book is no more used.I will recommend it to anyone who hasn’t read that book

    1. @frog, same here cant forget that book. And if i hear Chinua Achebe, the first thing that comes to mind is…. “Things fall apart”.

    2. “If a man enters my obi and defecates on the floor.I don”t clean it up.I take a stick and break his head”.Okwonkwo
      Classic stuff

  3. May u rest in peace prof……u touched so many lives wiv ur iconic book…..wat a legacy u v left bhind….

  4. hero have gone, what a life he’s my king’s man ichie achebe will be greatly miss by my ppl we love u but God love u most adiau papa

  5. A literary giant,acedemician,a man of d pple passes on. His contributn 2 african literature is imeasurable. He ran his race very well.
    Sir I wish u could be reborn. RIP

  6. The whites refused 2 give u d nobel laurel to tame ur larger than life skill, that a black might not be compared to shakespear. As ur write-up goes with power “to convince more like factual than fictions”