Chinua Achebe Is Dead, 16 November 1930 -21 March, 2013 – Nigerian Prolific Writer, Professor Chinua Achebe is reported dead. Hope For Nigeria was informed that the author of ‘Things Fall Apart’, died last night in a privates Hospital in Boston,Massachusetts.
Chinua Achebe (born 16 November 1930 as Albert Chínụ̀álụmọ̀gụ̀ Àchèbé-died March 21, 2013) is a Nigerian novelist, poet, professor, and critic.
He is 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 writes his novels in English and has 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” became the focus of controversy, for its criticism of Joseph Conrad as “a bloody racist” and was later published.
Achebe 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.
Achebe’s novels focus on the traditions of Igbo society, the effect of Christian influences, and the clash of Western and traditional African values during and after the colonial era. His style relies heavily on the Igbo oral tradition, and combines straightforward narration with representations of folk stories, proverbs, and oratory. He has also published a number of short stories, children’s books, and essay collections. Since 2009, he has been a professor at Brown University in the United States. – Wikipedia.
Anambra State Govt Confirms Achebe’s Death.
The Governor Peter Obi of Anambra State has confirmed the passing away of one of the Nation’s foremost literary icons, Professor Chinua Achebe (82).
According to the state Release, Achebe and author of the famous ‘Things Fall Apart’, died last night in a a private Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts, United States.
MAY HIS SOUL REST IN PEACE!
BRITISH Member of Parliament MOURNS ACHEBE.
A Member of British Parliament (House of Common), MP Chuka Umunna has expressed sadness over the death of Nigerian Literacy Icon, Prof Chinua Achebe.
MP Umunna said “I am deeply saddened to hear of the death of one of Nigeria’s finest and greatest – Chinua Achebe. A great Igbo man from Anambra.
Chuka Umunna is referred to as The British version of President Barack Obama in the Political circle. He is the British Shadow Secretary for Business.
May His Soul Rest In Peace.
ACHEBE WAS A MOVEMENT, NOT JUST A MAN – HE WILL NEVER DIE – OKONJO-IWEALA
We received the news of the passing of Prof Chinua Achebe with a sense of profound loss. Yes, he was 82 years old and by any measure not too young to die. But Achebe had for so long been a part of our lives that the thought of his death has an unreal quality.
Additionally, having known him and his wonderful wife, Aunty Christy since I was a teenager, there is, for me, a very personal feeling to this loss.
But the good news is that though he is gone, Achebe is very much alive. He is alive in his works and in his words and in his ideas. Certainly his idea that African culture has intrinsic value beyond anthropological voyeurism is very much alive. That is why his great intellect lives on and the man will never die!
For me and countless others, he was a personal inspiration and indeed a hero. That is why my co-author, Tijan Sallah and I wrote the biography of Achebe for young adults called “Teacher of Light” to capture the essential Achebe for our young people.
Professor Chinua started life as a man, but ended it as a MOVEMENT – a movement for African literature, good governance and the dignity of man.
We extend our condolences to the entire Achebe family at this difficult time. May the Almighty comfort them and all of us at this difficult time.
President Jonathan Mourns Chinua Achebe.
STATE HOUSE PRESS RELEASE
President Goodluck has received with immense sadness, news of the passing away of Nigeria’s globally acclaimed writer, scholar, tutor, cultural icon, nationalist and artist of the very first rank, Prof. Chinua Achebe.
President Jonathan joins Prof. Achebe’s family, his friends, colleagues, past and present students, admirers and all who have learnt indelible lessons of human existence from his award winning works of literature in mourning the legendary author.
As he mourns however, the President is consoled by the knowledge that Prof. Achebe will live forever in the hearts and minds of present and future generations through his great works which brought him enduring international fame and countless honours.
The President believes that Prof. Achebe’s frank, truthful and fearless interventions in national affairs will be greatly missed at home in Nigeria because while others may have disagreed with his views, most Nigerians never doubted his immense patriotism and sincere commitment to the building of a greater, more united and prosperous nation that all Africans and the entire black race could be proud of.
He recalls that with maturity and global stature, Prof. Achebe fearlessly spoke the truth as he saw it and became, as he advanced in age, a much revered national icon and conscience of the nation who will be eternally honoured for his contributions to national discourse as well as the immense fame and glory he brought to his fatherland.
On behalf of himself, his family, the Federal Government and all Nigerians, President Jonathan extends heartfelt condolences to Prof Achebe’s family.
He prays that God Almighty will receive Prof. Achebe’s great soul and grant him eternal rest from his outstanding earthly labours.
Special Adviser to the President.
Nelson Mandella Mourns Chinua Achebe!
“Achebe was a writer in whose company the Prison walls fell down.” – Dr. Nelson Mandela.