Chinua Achebe is a Nigerian novelist, poet, teacher and critic. The debut novel Things Fall Apart, often considered his masterpiece, is the most widely read book in modern African literature. Raised by his parents in the Igbo town of Ogidi in southeastern Nigeria, Achebe excelled at Umuahia Government College and won a scholarship to study medicine, but then majored in English literature at the Graduate School. . He became enamored with world religions and traditional African cultures and began writing stories as a university student. After graduating, he worked for the Nigerian Broadcasting Agency and quickly moved to the capital Lagos. He gained worldwide attention with his novel Things Fall Apart in the late 1950s; His later novels include No Longer at Ease, Arrow of God, A Man of the People, and Anthills of the Savannah. Achebe wrote his novel in English and defended the use of English, "the language of the colonies", in African literature.
|Born||Albert Chinụalụmọgụ Achebe, November 16, 1930, Ogidi, British Nigeria|
|Died||March 21, 2013, Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.|
|Resting place||Ogidi, Anambra, Nigeria|
|Occupation||Writer and teacher, —David and Marianna Fisher University Professor and Professor of African Studies Brown University (2009–2013), —Charles P. Stevenson Professor of Languages and Literature Bard College (1990–2008)|
|Nationality||Igbo of Nigeria|
|Notable works||The African Trilogy, —Things Fall Apart, —No Longer at Ease, —Arrow of God, A Man of the People, Anthills of the Savannah|
|Notable awards||Nigerian National Order of Merit Award 1979, St. Louis Literary Award 1999, The Dorothy and Lillian Gish Prize 2010|
|Children||4, including Chidi and Nwando|
Nigerian novelist, poet, and educator best known for his famous work Things Fall Apart, which has become one of Africa's most widely read novels.
His intellect was observed in school when he began reading at an early age. He studied at Nigeria's first institution, University College.
In 1972, he accepted a professorship at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.
In 1961, he married Christie Okoli, with whom he had four children.
He was well-known for his criticisms of Heart of Darkness author Joseph Conrad's racial beliefs.
The Igbo poets. Igbo educators. Igbo novelist. Winner of the Man Booker International Award. Nigerian children's writer. Nigerian News Writer. Igbo activists. Nigerian literary reviews. Speculative Nigerian novelist. Nigerian essays. Umuahia Government College Alumni. Igbo Academy. English-speaking writers from Nigeria. Child writer Igbo. Short story writer Igbo. Buried in Anambra state. Nigerian Foreign Scholars in the United States. Bard College. Paraplegics. Ibadan University Alumni. Brown University Faculty