Professor Chinua Achebe, the internationally-acclaimed Nigerian author who wrote the classic novel Things Fall Apart, has died. He was 82.
The Ogidi, Anambra State native passed away last night in a hospital in Boston, Massachusetts after suffering a brief illness. The ‘Grandfather of African Literature,’ until the time of his death, worked as Professor of Africana Studies at Brown University and the David and Marianna University.
Simon Winder, publishing director at Penguin (Chinua’s publisher), called him an ‘utterly remarkable man’ while confirming his death. ‘Chinua Achebe is the greatest of African writers and we are all desolate to hear of his death,’ he said.
His 1958 novel Things Fall Apart won him international acclaim, as well as rewrote the modern history of African literature. Set amid 1890s Nigeria and the influx of Christian missionaries, it is renowned the world over, has been translated into 50 languages and has sold more than 10 million copies. He also penned down No Longer At Ease, Arrow Of God (sequels to Things Fall Apart), A Man Of The People as well as many other short stories, essays and papers.
Achebe was also a celebrated patriot who was seen as a role model for politicians and government office holders. He is arguably the best African writer of all time.
His family has not yet released an official statement, but we learned they will today.
Rest in Peace.
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