Remebering Chinua Achebe: A Tribute To A Man Who Helped Shaped African Narratives

March 23, 2013  |  

From Essence

On Thursday, March 21, Albert Chinualumogu Achebe, or Chinua Achebe, as he was known to book lovers worldwide, died in Boston. He was 82.

In 1958 Achebe published Things Fall Apart (Anchor), which charts the the rise and fall of Ibo farmer Okokonkwo set against the backdrop of rising 19th century British colonial rule and culture clashes in Nigeria. Today, Things Fall Apart has been translated into 45 languages and sold more than 10 million copies. The novel, and Achebe’s subsequent works transformed international publishing and the ways in which we viewed literature. True, there had been other Nigerian writers before Achebe including Amos Tutuola and Cyprian Ekwensi. But Things Fall Apart connected with readers in ways readers hadn’t experienced African narratives.

You can check out the rest of the moving tribute and more about Achebe on on Essence.

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  • Hi Madamenoire, I love this post. I would love to share it but there’s a typo on the post heading “helped shaped” please can you correct it?

  • Gimmeabreak78

    Achebe is a literary giant, and deserves to be remembered as such. I met him as a high school student in the 90s and was blown away by his regal demeanor and sense of understanding. Even though my fifteen-year old self was deeply impressed, even as an adult, I sit in awe of how Achebe was not only able to give Western civilization a glimpse into pre-colonial Nigeria, but also draw upon the singularity of the human experience when confronted with something unfamiliar. He will be missed.

  • Lauren S. Clark

    I still love “When Things Fall Apart”.

    • Gimmeabreak78

      There’s not “When”. It’s just “Things Fall Apart”.

      • Lauren S. Clark

        Sorry, thank you.