Chinua Achebe


Born
in Ogidi, Anambra, Nigeria
November 16, 1930

Died
March 21, 2013

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Chinua Achebe was a novelist, poet, professor at Brown University and critic. He is best known for his first novel, Things Fall Apart (1958), which is the most widely read book in modern African literature.

Raised by Christian parents in the Igbo town of Ogidi in southeastern Nigeria, Achebe excelled at school and won a scholarship for undergraduate studies. He became fascinated with world religions and traditional African cultures, and began writing stories as a university student. After graduation, he worked for the Nigerian Broadcasting Service and soon moved to the metropolis of Lagos. He gained worldwide attention for Things Fall Apart in the late 1950s; his later novels include No Longer at Ease (1960), Arrow of God (1964), A Man of th
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A Man of the People

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Anthills of the Savannah

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Girls at War and Other Stories

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“If you don't like someone's story, write your own.”
Chinua Achebe

“The world is like a Mask dancing. If you want to see it well, you do not stand in one place.”
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“While we do our good works let us not forget that the real solution lies in a world in which charity will have become unnecessary.”
Chinua Achebe, Anthills of the Savannah

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