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He was born in Ogidi, Nigeria and attended University College in Ibadan, where he studied English, history and theology. He later studied broadcasting at the BBC and became the first Director of External Broadcasting at the Nigerian Broadcasting Corporation in 1961. During the civil war, he worked for the Biafran government as an ambassador.
Mr. Achebe is considered the Father of the African novel in English as well as one of the world's most acclaimed writers. His modern African classic "Things Fall Apart," published in 1958, has sold over 10 million copies around the world and exists in 50 languages."Things Fall Apart" has appeared on numerous lists of the 100 greatest novels of all time published in Norway (The Norwegian Book Club); England (The Guardian and Observer); America (The Radcliff list, American Public Library list) and Africa (Africa’s Best Books of the 20th Century).
Mr. Achebe is the recipient of over 30 honorary degrees from Universities in England, Scotland, Canada, South Africa, Nigeria and the United States, including Harvard (1996); Brown (1998); Dartmouth (1972); Southampton; Guelph (Canada); Cape Town (South Africa, 2002); and Univeristy of Ife (Nigeria). In 2002 he was awarded the prestigious Peace Prize of the German Booktrade.
Mr. Achebe was the Founding Editor of the African Writers Series published by Heinemann, a body of work that has emerged as a cornerstone of 'Postcolonial literature,' and was instrumental in introducing the world to a new writing from Africa.
He has served as founding editor of "Okike" - an African journal of new writing, "Uwa ndi Igbo" - an Igbo language journal of poetry and literary criticism; Publisher of "The African Commentary"; President of the Ogidi Town Union; Prochancellor of the Anambra State University of Technology and Deputy National President of the Peoples Redemption Party of Nigeria. In 2004, Professor Achebe declined to accept the Commander of the Federal Republic (CFR) - Nigeria's second highest honor - in protest of the state of affairs in his native country.
Works Refugee Mother and Child
- Things Fall Apart, 1958
- No Longer at Ease, 1960
- The Sacrificial Egg and Other Stories, 1962
- Arrow of God, 1964
- A Man of the People, 1966
- Chike and the River, 1966
- Beware, Soul-Brother, and Other Poems, 1971
- How the Leopard Got His Claws (with John Iroaganachi), 1972
- Girls at War, 1973
- Christmas at Biafra, and Other Poems, 1973
- Morning Yet on Creation Day, 1975
- The Flute, 1975
- The Drum, 1978
- The Trouble With Nigeria, 1984
- African Short Stories, 1984
- Anthills of the Savannah, 1988
- Hopes and Impediments, 1988
- Another Africa, 1998
- Home and Exile, 2000
- Collected Poems, 2004
The title Things Fall Apart is taken from William Butler Yeats' poem, The Second Coming.
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