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Mandela centre remembers Chinua Achebe

2013-03-22 14:55
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Johannesburg - The Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory has sent its condolences to the family of renowned author and thinker Chinua Achebe, who died in the United States.

Achebe, working as a professor at Brown University, died on Thursday at the age of 82.

Centre spokesperson Sello Hatang said in a statement on Friday that Achebe was "a great African writer and thinker".

"Nelson Mandela referred to professor Achebe as a writer 'in whose company the prison walls fell down'."

Achebe's most well-known work was the critically-acclaimed Things Fall Apart. Published in 1958, the book has sold several million copies around the world and is considered one of the finest pieces of English African literature ever written.

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