Chinua Achebe (1930- ) Bio

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Chinua Achebe (1930- )

  • Attended a mission school as a youth.

  • Began much of writing career as a journalist; had 12 year career as head of Nigerian Broadcasting Corporation (trained at the BBC in London).

  • Decided upon writing novels and fiction as he read Europeans interpretations of Africans; no one could truly grasp Achebe’s experience and he felt it needed to be recorded.


  • Known as the “father of the African novel”: first author to record the life of Africa in English, combining the European novel genre with the oral tradition of this country of Nigeria.

  • Often writes about the effects of European Imperialism.

  • In addition to novels, wrote short stories, essays and poetry.

  • Spent much of his time during Nigeria’s political distress following independence in 1960 as a visiting professor in the United States in places such as University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

  • His novel Things Fall Apart has been translated into over 40 languages.

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