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History – Celebrating the Legacy of Chinua Achebe

Chinua Achebe who died today, 21 March, 2013, was a force to reckon with in Nigeria’s literature.


Chinua Achebe’s influence extends beyond literature; he is often regarded as the father of African literature in English and his works have been translated into numerous languages, making him one of the most widely read African authors of the 20th century. He was born on November 16, 1930, he was from Ogidi, Anambra State, Nigeria.


His works include:

1. “Things Fall Apart” (1958)

2. “Arrow of God” (1964)

3. “No Longer at Ease” (1960)

4. “A Man of the People” (1966)

5. “Anthills of the Savannah” (1987)


He died at the age of 82, on March 21, 2013 after a brief illness.


Apart from writing, he had other notable positions and works:

  • Achebe was a professor and held various academic positions at universities including Bard College and Brown University.
  • He was a vocal advocate for African literature and culture, challenging stereotypes and colonial narratives through his writing and activism.
  • He served as a diplomat for the short-lived Republic of Biafra during the Nigerian Civil War, advocating for the independence of Biafra.

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