He was born on November 15, 1930, in Ogidi in Eastern Nigeria. His family belonged to the Lgbo tribe, and he was the fifth of six children. He grew up generally nice, pretty poor but generally good childhood. In 1966 he joined the Nigerian Broadcasting Corporation for NBC. Prior joining he published his first novel, Things Fall Apart. People enjoyed the book and he eventually became a Professor of English in 1976. He released plenty other books, even children books. He won't plenty of awards for his novels. He got in a car accident in the 1990s that left him paralyzed. He kept studying for 15 more years. Unfortunately he passed away on March 21, 2013 in Boston Massachusetts.
Purpose for "Things fall apart"
What motivated Achebe to write "Things Fall Apart" was to gain a voice to speak out about African identity. When he was living in Lagos, he saw the collision between old and new notions of African Identity. Achebe realized that Africa needed a voice to be heard. The story focuses on two tragedies that occurred in the lbo cultures and the individual tragedy of Okonkwo. "Things fall apart" has been met with wide cultural a claim and has been translated into 45 different languages.
Wrote many novels including Things Fall Apart(1959), No Longer At Ease(1960),Arrow of God(1964), A Man of the People(1966), and Anthills of the Savanna(1987).Achebe served as an ambassador for Biafra.d
Achebe continued working at the University of Nigeria at Nsukka.
He also came to the United States to become an English professor at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.
Facts about Chinua Achebe:
- A car accident in 1990 left Achebe paralyzed from the waist down and deepened on a wheel chair for mobility. His book "Things fall apart" was rejected by several publishers, later 2000 copies were printed in 1959.Achebe received more than 30 honorary degrees at universities around the world.In school he moved to a higher grad level when his intelligence became obvious.
- Work Cited
- Enotes.com Christiana J. "Chinua Achebe-Biography"
- A&E Television Networks; www.biography.com