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Chinua Achebe
Chinua Achebe
BornAlbert Chinụalụmọgụ Achebe
(1930-11-16) 16 November 1930 (age 93)
Ogidi, Anambra State, Nigeria Protectorate
OccupationDavid and Marianna Fisher University Professor and professor of Africana studies Brown University
Notable works"The African Trilogy": Things Fall Apart, No Longer at Ease, Arrow of God, A Man of the People and Anthills of the Savannah

One of Nigeria and Afrika's most celebrated novelist. Revered author of exceedingly powerful works of fiction.

Achebe was born in 1930 in the village of Ogidi in Eastern Nigeria. He studied medicine and literature at the University of Ibadan, and then worked in the Nigerian Broadcasting Company in Lagos. Apart from his novels, he has also published shot stories and children’s books. Beware Soul Brother, a book of his poetry won the Commonwealth Poetry Prize in 1972. Achebe, earlier in his career was at the Universities of Nigeria, Massachusetts and Connecticut. In 1987 he was recognized in Nigeria with the Nigerian National Merit Award, the country’s highest award for intellectual achievement. Chinua Achebe, whose 80th birthday was lavishly celebrated internationally in November 2010, is currently David and Marianna Fisher University Professor and professor of Africana studies at Brown University in the United States of America.



Things Fall Apart (1958)
No longer at ease (1960)
Arrow of God (1964)
A Man of the People (1966)
Anthills of the Savannah (1987)

Short Stories

The Sacrificial Egg and Other Stories (1953)
Girls at War and Other Stories (1973)
African Short Stories (editor, with C.L. Innes) (1985)
Heinemann Book of Contemporary African Short Stories (editor, with C.L. Innes) (1992)
The Voter


Beware, Soul-Brother, and Other Poems (1971) (published in the US as Christmas at Biafra, and Other Poems, 1973)
Don't let him die: An anthology of memorial poems for Christopher Okigbo (editor, with Dubem Okafor) (1978)
Another Africa (1998)
Collected Poems (2005)
Refugee Mother And Child

Essays, Criticism and Political Commentary

The Novelist as Teacher (1965)
An Image of Africa: Racism in Conrad’s “Heart of Darkness” (1975)
Morning Yet on Creation Day (1975)
The Trouble With Nigeria (1984)
Hopes and Impediments (1988)
Home and Exile (2000)
Education of a British protected Child (2009)

Children's Books

Chike and the River (1966)
How the Leopard Got His Claws (with John Iroaganachi) (1972)
The Flute (1975)
The Drum (1978)