Chinua Achebe

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Chinua Achebe is a Nigerian author who wrote the acclaimed novel Things Fall Apart. Achebe is celebrated for his contributions to modern-day African literature and culture.

Biography

Chinua Achebe was born on Nov. 16, 1930 in Ogidi, Nigeria. He was educated at University College in Ibadan, then a branch of the University of London and presently the University of Ibadan. Achebe studied English, history, and theology. At the BBC in the early 1960s, Achebe studied broadcasting and became the first Director of External Broadcasting for the Nigerian Broadcasting Corporation.

Achebe is known as the father of African literature and is one of the world’s most celebrated authors. Since its publication in 1958, Things Fall Apart has sold more than 10 million copies and has been translated into 50 languages. Several lists all over the world list Things Fall Apart as one of the 100 greatest novels of all time.

Achebe holds more than 30 honorary degrees from universities in England, Scotland, Canada, South Africa, and the United States, including Brown, Harvard, and Dartmouth.

Achebe is the Charles P. Stevenson Professor of Languages and Literature at Bard College.

Partial List of Achievements

  • Commonwealth Poetry Prize
  • New Statesman Jock Campbell Prize
  • Margaret Wrong Prize
  • Nigerian National Trophy
  • Nigerian National Merit Award
  • Honorary Fellow at the Modern Language Association of American
  • Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature of London
  • Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Letters
  • Peace Prize of the German Book Trade
  • Founding editor of the African Writers Series
  • Founding editor of Okiki
  • Publisher of The African Commentary
  • President of the Ogidi Town Union
  • Prochancellor of the Anambra State University of Technology
  • Deputy National President of the People’s Redemption Party