Chinua Achebe

Early Life: Achebe read Shakespeare, Milton, Defoe, Swift, Wordsworth, Coleridge, Keats, and Tennyson. He was always interested in western literature. He became educated in English at the university of Ibadan in his early life. He joined the NigerianBroadcasting corporation las director of external broadcasting until 1966.(

His Career Life: China Achebe was born in 1930 in Ibadan, Nigeria. He wrote Things Fall Apart in 1958 when he was 28. 6 years prior to his first novel he had graduated from the newly established university of Ibadan where he studied English. He later left Nigeria in 1957 to study broadcasting at the BBC in London. In 1960, he published his second novel NoLongerAtEase which was the same year that Nigeria gained its independice from Britain. Not long after, Achebe and other African writers were discovered by English publishers (Heinemann) who had started the African Writers Series and invited Achebe to be the founding editor. Two years later, he published his third novel, Arrow of God. During the civil war in Nigeria which lasted 4 years, he supported those who tried to create a new Biafran state, but unfortunately failed at it. Achebe and his family left to the United States in 1970 where he began teaching African literature He has received more than 30 honorary doctorates from international universities and other awards for his dedication to African literature. (

Later Life: In 1990 Achebe was in a car accident in Nigeria that left him paralyzed from the waist down and lived the rest of his life on a wheelchair. Achebe won several awards over the course of his writing career, including the Man Booker International Prize in 2007 and the Dorothy and Lillian Gish Prize in 2010. Chinua Achebe died at age 82 ob March 21, 2013. (

Cited sources:

  • "Chinua Achebe -" Biography. 02 Apr. 2014. Web. 02 Mar. 2017. Save to EasyBib
  • Fallon, Helen "An Eventual Life: the Nigerian writer, Chinua Achebe" Core. St. Patrick's Missonary Society, 2005. Accessed 27 February 2017.

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