RIP Chinua Achebe: May Your Soul Rest In Peace

Departure of a Legend: Chinua Achebe

Departure of a Legend: Chinua Achebe

Legendary Nigeria Writer Chinua Achebe has passed away. The death of the then, Boston, MA based professor was confirmed on Friday 21 March 2012 by relatives. According to the UK’s Guardian newsparer, after the news first broke out in media and press, it was eventually confirmed by his agent and his publisher. He was 82 at the time of his death.

Chinua is credited for breaking the ground in African literature and going further to foster its growth on to a new dimension. Hence, he is dubbed the father of African literature.

As a novelist Achebe authored the world famous masterpiece “Things Fall Apart”. Published in 1958, and his first release, the novel told a story from the colonial era, chronicling the story of Nigerian Igbo warrior Okonkwo. The novel which ended up being published in 50 languages, went on to sell over 10 million copies worldwide.

Chinua Achebe was also a poet and essayist. He won several awards for his works, one including the Commonwealth poetry prize for his collection Christmas in Biafra.

The Guardian reported that Achebe’s family requested for privacy. They are said to have paid tribute to “one of the great literary voices of all time. He was also a beloved husband, father, uncle and grandfather, whose wisdom and courage are an inspiration to all who knew him.”

Chinua was paralysed from the waist down in 1990, following an accident. This forced him to move to the US and live closer to a better equipped hospital. He has lived there ever since, holding the position of David and Marianna Fisher university professor and professor of Africana studies at Brown University. However, Chinua has always expressed deep sorry caused by missing his home of Nigeria.

May his soul rest in peace.

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