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Chinua Achebe (born Albert Chinualumogu Achebe; November 16, 1930–March 21, 2013) was a Nigerian writer described by Nelson Mandela as one "in whose company the prison walls fell down." He is best known for his African trilogy of novels documenting the ill effects of British colonialism in Nigeria, the most famous of which is "Things Fall Apart." Chinua Achebe was born in Ogidi, an Igbo village in Anambra, southern Nigeria.
He was the fifth of six children born to Isaiah and Janet Achebe, who were among the first converts to Protestantism in the region.
He admitted to having an early fondness for Joseph Conrad's writing, but came to call Conrad a "bloody racist" and said that "The Heart of Darkness" was "an offensive and deplorable book." This awakening inspired Achebe to begin writing his classic, "Things Fall Apart," with a title from the poem by William Butler Yeats, and a story set in the 19th century.
The novel follows Okwonko, a traditional Igbo man, and his futile struggles with the power of colonialism and the blindness of its administrators.
Chinua Achebe wrote more than 20 books - novels, short stories, essays and collections of poetry - including (2000).
Chinua Achebe received numerous honours from around the world, including the Honorary Fellowship of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, as well as honorary doctorates from more than 30 colleges and universities.Achebe joined the Biafran Ministry of Information and represented Biafra on various diplomatic and fund-raising missions.He was appointed Senior Research Fellow at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, and began lecturing widely abroad. Stevenson Jr Professor of Languages and Literature at Bard College; he then became the David and Marianna Fisher University Professor and Professor of Africana Studies at Brown University.In 1948, Achebe won a scholarship to the University of Ibadan to study medicine, but after a year he changed his major to writing.At university, he studied English literature and language, history, and theology.He easily got accepted into a prestigious college where he discovered his love for African culture and reading.He began writing during his university years and became a teacher after graduation.We will process your personal information based on your consent.British Council may use the information you provide for the purposes of research and service improvement, to ask for feedback in the form of questionnaires and surveys. Data Protection British Council complies with data protection law in the UK and laws in other countries that meet internationally accepted standards.This biography of Chinua Achebe provides detailed information about his childhood, life, achievements, works & timeline.Called "the father of modern African writing", Chinua Achebe was one of the most widely read novelists from Nigeria who played a pivotal role in the development of African literature.