Chinua Achebe Is Dead

 [ Masterweb Reports ] - Nigerian writer and Africa’s most widely read novelist, Chinua Achebe is reported dead. Full details of his demise were not immediately available at the time of this report. He was aged 82. Achebe emerged in the literary world with his first novel “Things Fall Apart” in 1958, which sold several million copies and translated into 45 languages. His works beside novels, included essays, short stories and poems, all best sellers.

 

Reports reaching Masterweb News Desk claim the literary giant died last night in a hospital in Boston, Massachusetts of an undisclosed ailment. His British publisher, Penguin confirmed his death in a press statement earlier today. Simon Winder, Penguin Publishing Director, described him as "an utterly remarkable man" and "the greatest of African writers", adding "we are all desolate to hear of his death."

 

Achebe was Professor of Africana Studies for four years before his death at Brown University in  Providence, Rhode Island, U.S.  Statements released by the university described him "a gift to the world" and "godfather to a generation of African writers".

 

Achebe was born in Ogidi, Anambra State, Nigeria on November 16, 1930.  He tied the knot in 1961 with Christie Okoli whom he met in Lagos and the union was blessed with four children. Achebe wrote about his experiences during the Nigerian civil war in his last book, “There Was A Country”. He had been living in the US since 1990 after a ghastly car accident that left him paralyzed from waist down.  

 

 

 

 

 

*Photo Caption - Chinua Achebe

 
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