CHINUA ACHEBE: THE FATHER OF MODERN AFRICAN LITERATURE
Born in Ogidi, Anambra state, Nigeria on the 16th of November, 1930 and died on the 21st of March, 2013 in Boston, USA at the age of 83 years, Chinua Achebe is regarded as one of the greatest African writers of his generation, novelist, poet, professor and critic, with one of his most popular work, “Things Fall Apart”, said to be his first attempt at writing a novel.
“Things Fall Apart” was released in 1958, during the post-colonial movement when African nations were casting off decades of foreign rule to seek political sovereignty.
With this book, he was able to lend a voice to Africans who had refused to be defined by the thoughts of the Europeans.
According to the Economist, this novel has been translated into more than 50 languages with over 10 million copies that have been sold.
Other novels written by him include “No Longer at Ease”, “Arrow of God” and “A Man of the People”. He also has collection of short stories, influential essays and children book.
Today marks the 87th birthday of the renowned author of “Things Fall Apart”, Chinua Achebe. In honor of his inestimable contribution to the world, brands around the world have set out time to pay respect to this literary icon and Google is paying respect to him with a Google Doodle of Chinua Achebe on their homepage.
Tributes to a great literary giant, your contribution to the literary space will always be remembered.