Chinua Achebe has passed away in a Boston hospital, Massachusetts in the United States at the age of 82. Achebe was one of the world’s most celebrated authors and a pioneer of African and Nigerian literature. Things Fall Apart, his most famous novel, was published in 1958: it has since been translated into over fifty languages and was named as one of the fifty most “important and influential books in the history of the world.” Achebe's body of work includes five novels, eight short stories collections, six poetry anthologies, eight non-fiction works and four children’s books.
His most recent book, There Was A Country: A Personal History of Biafra (2012), dealt with the tragedies of the Nigerian Civil War from a personal perspective. Achebe also contributed countless articles to major journals and newspapers around the world and was a professor at Brown University.
Chinua Achebe (November 16, 1930 - March 21, 2013)