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Chinua Achebe

Chinua Achebe, born Albert Chinualumogu Achebe, 16 November 1930 – 21 March 2013) was a Nigerian novelist, poet, professor, and critic. He was best known for his first novel and magnum opus, Things Fall Apart (1958), which 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 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 (NBS) 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 the People (1966), and Anthills of the Savannah (1987). Achebe wrote his novels in English and defended the use of English, a "language of colonisers", in African literature. In 1975, his lecture An Image of Africa: Racism in Conrad's "Heart of Darkness" featured a famous criticism of Joseph Conrad as "a bloody racist"; it was later published amid some controversy.
When the region of Biafra broke away from Nigeria in 1967, Achebe became a supporter of Biafran independence and acted as ambassador for the people of the new nation. The war ravaged the populace, and as starvation and violence took its toll, he appealed to the people of Europe and the Americas for aid. When the Nigerian government retook the region in 1970, he involved himself in political parties but soon resigned due to frustration over the corruption and elitism he witnessed. He lived in the United States for several years in the 1970s, and returned to the U.S. in 1990 after a car accident left him partially disabled. He died on 21st March 2013
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Male Author best known for the genre of Fiction
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Ogidi Anambra Nigeria
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Novels
Things Fall Apart (1958)
No Longer at Ease (1960)
Arrow of God (1964)
A Man of the People (1966)
Anthills of the Savannah (1987)

Short stories
Marriage Is A Private Affair (1952)
Dead Men's Path (1953)
The Sacrificial Egg and Other Stories (1953)
Civil Peace (1971)
Girls at War and Other Stories (including "Vengeful Creditor") (1973)
African Short Stories (editor, with C.L. Innes) (1985)
Heinemann Book of Contemporary African Short Stories (editor, with C.L. Innes) (1992)
The Voter

Poetry
Beware, Soul-Brother, and Other Poems (1971) (published in the US as Christmas at Biafra, and Other Poems, 1973)
Don't let him die: An anthology of memorial poems for Christopher Okigbo (editor, with Dubem Okafor) (1978)
Another Africa (1998)
Collected Poems Carcanet Press (2005)
Refugee Mother And Child
Vultures

Essays, criticism, non-fiction and political commentary
The Novelist as Teacher (1965) - also in Hopes and Impediments
An Image of Africa: Racism in Conrad's "Heart of Darkness" (1975) - also in Hopes and Impediments
Morning Yet on Creation Day (1975)
The Trouble With Nigeria (1984)
Hopes and Impediments (1988)
Home and Exile (2000)
Education of a British protected Child (6 October 2009)
There Was A Country: A Personal History of Biafra, (11 October 2012 )

Children's books
Chike and the River (1966)
How the Leopard Got His Claws (with John Iroaganachi) (1972)
The Flute (1975)
The Drum (1978)

Books by Chinua Achebe

Arrow of God by Chinua Achebe » Fiction genre
The novel is set amongst the villages of the Igbo people in Nigeria. Ezeulu is the chief priest of t...
Average Rating of 3 out of 5 by 3 members
 
Chike and the River by Chinua Achebe » Children genre
The disobedient boy becomes the hero...
Average Rating of 3 out of 5 by 3 members
 
Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe » Fiction genre
Okonkwo is a leader and wrestling champion in his village. He is known to be hard working and shows ...
Average Rating of 5 out of 5 by 3 members
 
No Longer at Ease by Chinua Achebe » Fiction genre
The novel opens with the trial of Obi Okonkwo on a charge of accepting a bribe. It then jumps back i...
Average Rating of 4 out of 5 by 3 members
 
There was a country by Chinua Achebe » Non Fiction genre
Professor Achebe identified the trouble with Nigeria as the indolence of the leadership caused by th...
Average Rating of 4 out of 5 by 1 member
 

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