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Things Fall Apart author Chinua Achebe dies

2013-03-22 13:55
Cape Town - Nigerian author Chinua Achebe has died, reports Nigeria's Daily Post.

Professor Achebe, who was best known for his acclaimed book Things Fall Apart, died at the age of 82.

CNN Mornings has tweeted the news and SA photographer Victor Dlamini said he has received confirmation from Achebe's family in Boston that he has indeed passed away.

Achebe's publisher also confirmed his death to AFP.

Mari Yamazaki, spokesperson for Penguin in London, said: "I'm afraid it has been sadly confirmed now."

Achebe was the David and Marianna Fisher University Professor and Professor of Africana Studies at Brown University in Boston since 2009.

On 16 November 1930 Achebe was born in the Igbo village of Ogidi, Nigeria.

Achebe was often referred to as the father of modern African literature and he released his memoir, There Was A Country: A Personal History of Biafra, in September 2012, which experts insisted was a deeply needed piece of work in a fractured Nigeria.


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