Chanua Achebe: Life and Biography of the greatest African Novelist Chanua Achebe

Life and Biography of the greatest African Novelist Chanua Achebe.

How much do you know about the great Chinua Achebe?

He was a Nigerian novelist, poet and critic who is regarded as the most dominant figure in modern African literature.

His first novel, ‘Things Fall Apart’, remains the most widely taught and read African novel.

Raised in Southeastern British Nigeria, he excelled at Government College Umuahia and was awarded a scholarship to study medicine, but changed his studies to English Literature at the University of Ibadan.

He lived in the United States for several years in the 1970s and retuned to the U.S in 1990 after he was left partially disabled by a car crash.

To date, his influence in African literature remains unmatched. His legacy is celebrated yearly at the Chinua Achebe Literary Festival.

He passed away after a short illness on the 21st of March, 2013 in the United States.

He was one of the greatest minds that came out of Africa❤

In 1958, Nigeria’s Chinua Achebe, one of the greatest African writers of all time, wrote his first novel book “Things Fall Apart” at the age of 28, and sold over 20 million copies and has been translated to over 50 languages.

• It was ranked as one of the Greatest Books Ever Written in a list by Encyclopedia Brittanica in 2018.

• It was on number 5 on BBC’s 100 Stories That Shaped The World.

• It was also among the 100 books that were featured on the TV series, The Great American Read.

• In 2011, Chinua Achebe forced 50 Cent to rename his forthcoming new movie “Things Fall Apart”. He was contacted by Achebe’s legal team that he couldn’t use the title.

Even when he offered Achebe $1 million dollars, Achebe felt insulted and rejected the money. 50 Cent later re-named his movie “All Things Fall Apart”.

Norbert Bwire

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