Albert Chinualumgu Achebe best known as Chinua Achebe was, without doubt, one of Africa’s most successful writers of all time. Born in 1930 in southeastern Nigeria, Achebe, who passed away on March 21, 2013, hails from the Igbo community. A renowned critic, poet and novelist, Achebe has had an influence on African writing, extending far beyond his own personal success. For many years, he edited the African Writers Series, a project that contributed immensely to the development of post-colonial African writing. His first published novel was “Things Fall Apart” which came out in 1958.
Achebe was educated at Government College Umuahia, and University College, Ibadan in Nigeria. He later joined government service, where he rose to become Director of External Broadcasting at the Nigeria Broadcasting Corporation. For much of his life, he has lived and worked in the USA, more so after 1990, following an accident that left him partially paralyzed.
He has lectured at various universities in the US, including the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, University of Connecticut, Dartmouth College, Bard College in Annandale-on-Hudson, New York.
He has received numerous honors including the Honorary Fellowship of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, as well as honorary doctorates from more than 30 colleges and universities. He is also the recipient of Nigeria’s highest award for intellectual achievement, the Nigerian National Merit Award. In 2007, he won the Man Booker International Prize for Fiction.
Selected Books by Chinua Achebe
- Things Fall Apart (1958)
- No Longer at Ease (1960)
- Arrow of God (1964)
- A Man of the People (1966)
- Anthills of the Savannah (1987)
- Home and Exile (2000)
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