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.






Comments

  • Sheilan.Clarke - 2013-03-22 14:23

    I hated that book in high school. In my adult years now I can see the meaning of it though. RIP

      Marion Brown - 2013-03-22 17:26

      One of the best ways to kill a love for great literature is to prescribe it as a setwork in high school! It is such a beautifully written work. There was a sequel as well which I read later in life but I cannot remember the title.

  • Themba Majawonke Ntuli - 2013-03-22 14:28

    Sad day for african literature one of the few africans to make an impact on the Global stage, the last time I heard from him is when I was reading a review about -There Was A Country: A Personal History of Biafra- in The New York Times. Sad he is gone now............

  • Brian Tebogo Mogotsi - 2013-03-22 14:36

    What a great writer! RIP

  • mulalo.s.mbelengwa - 2013-03-22 14:38

    this is a sad day indeed mr Achebe you will be sorely missed but you will live through your books thank you for empowering generations of africans as many of us understand your teachings and effects of africans not knowing their part due to colonialism and standing firm and believing in our heritage we all have a bit of okwonkwo the cat in all of us

  • Sonnyboy Mathebula - 2013-03-22 14:40

    REST IN PEACE ORGA!!!!!!!!!!!

  • S Siphiwo Khuzwayo - 2013-03-22 14:40

    Shattered. Africa and the world, will mourn the fall of the gallant writer, a thinker and an inspirational mentor. Will always remember his world class edition, tilted: Things Fall Apart...what a book? May his soul rest in peace and his family, to find closure through the mercy of the Lord. Uhambe kahle Baba, Ulale ngoxolo. Usebenzile.

  • Themba Khumalo - 2013-03-22 14:41

    It had to pass, that this sad would come; that this great teacher and historian would die. ....and yet, we still feel the loss, sadness, that part of an important era is forever gone with your passing. Chinua Achebe, I salute you.

  • Themba Khumalo - 2013-03-22 14:41

    It had to pass, that this sad would come; that this great teacher and historian would die. ....and yet, we still feel the loss, sadness, that part of an important era is forever gone with your passing. Chinua Achebe, I salute you.

  • Sue Oluhle - 2013-03-22 14:46

    One of my favorite great authors, Things Fall Apart was my best. RIP.

  • Lungelo Nsibande - 2013-03-22 14:49

    Another Icon! Rest in peace Prof your work is known not only in Africa but throught the World.

  • Verena Hahn - 2013-03-22 14:51

    The good ones are exiting leaving the wicked ones behind to torment us.RIP to a great African,we mourn you not,rather we celebrate a life full of achievements.

  • Malose-Nyatlo - 2013-03-22 14:57

    RIP CA, you were a champion of African readership and at the forefront of a literary renewal that spewed out exponents like Ngugi, Head and many more. It's at a moment like this that we realise how time flies and temporal we are. Go well Scorp.

  • Tedious Manyawi - 2013-03-22 15:04

    will always remember the great deeds.

  • Tinavo Bvumburai Magaisa - 2013-03-22 15:14

    Thank you Chinua for the bold writings. You inspired a whole generation of writers. You were not afraid to write the true African story in an universal language without compromising the story and the African culture. Fambai zvakanaka VaAchebe

      mulalo.s.mbelengwa - 2013-03-22 15:38

      are you shona or lemba tinavo that sounds like something lemba people sayat funerals zvata zvakanaka

      TinavoMagaisa - 2013-03-22 16:16

      Am Shona mate and in Shona we also say Famba Zvakanaka to a dearly departed. Wishing them a safe transition to the after world.

  • mulalo.s.mbelengwa - 2013-03-22 15:40

    umofia kwanu

  • Russel Mukondwa - 2013-03-22 15:57

    I hated Things Fall Apart with a passion during my high school days. Anyway, my condolences to the Achebe family.

  • Alfred Sappor - 2013-03-22 16:19

    Writers live twice. You are gone but your words are still living with us.A rare gem. You have paid your dues to World literature. RIP, brother.

  • dadasuraj - 2013-03-22 16:44

    Great thinker

  • Sophie Eralich - 2013-03-22 17:28

    Loved "Things Fall Apart" from first read, and ANC members would do well to read it again - for they who do not learn from past mistakes are doomed to repeating those mistakes.

  • Wild Moon Luna - 2013-03-22 18:16

    Thank you for your words that touched my heart

  • lala.kunene - 2013-03-23 00:31

    zofinsizwa, kosala izibongo!!!

  • Dumisani Mtshali - 2013-03-23 13:20

    It is with regret to read about the passing away of a great teacher ,a author and the Africa's mentor . May his soul rest in peace . From :Mtshali Dumisani

  • Tebogo Molefe Seate - 2013-03-23 13:37

    One of the greatest African writers of our time. I have three of his books in my library: Things Fall Apart; A Man of the People and No longer at ease. Africa will dearly miss you Achebe!

  • Tebogo Molefe Seate - 2013-03-23 13:39

    Chinua Achebe - one of the greatest African writers of our time. I have three of his books in my library: Things Fall Apart; A Man of the People; and No Longer at Ease. What an incredile writer he was!

  • Adrian Kapoor - 2013-03-24 00:38

    Quote from Achebe's "Things Fall Apart" - Unoka, for that was his father's name, had died ten years ago. In his day he was lazy and improvident and was quite incapable of thinking about tomorrow. If any money came his way, and it seldom did, he immediately bought gourds of palm-wine, called round his neighbors and made merry. He always said that whenever he saw a dead man's mouth he saw the folly of not eating what one had in one's lifetime." Interesting Description

  • Jonas Mvungi - 2013-03-24 14:44

    He was and remains African Brains who expressed the Life in story telling. Wish we can have the same to today generation. This was a generation to look and say Wauuuuuuu!!!!!!!!!!

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