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Chinua Achebe’s Biography

Chinua Achebe was a Nigerian poet born on November 16, 1930, in Saint Simon’s Church, Nneobi, in colonized British Nigeria.
Under the rule of the British Emperor, he was raised in an Igbo culture with Christian influences.
His father was a preacher and schoolteacher, and his mother was from Awka.

“Things Fall Apart,” one of his monumental works, galvanized the African literary movement against the cultural hegemony of Christianity imposed by British rulers.
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Early Life

Isaiah was one of the first of the Ogidi village to convert in Christianity. After the conversion, the Isaiah family stopped practising its ancestral religion but Chinua had a deep respect towards their tradition. With four other siblings, Chinua’s family moved to their old-world in Ogidi after the birth of the youngest daughter, Grace Nwanneka.

Achebe’s anticipation for the traditional storytelling method of the Igbo peoples served as the foundation for his future works (novels, stories). His father gave him an almanac and books. In 1936, he was admitted to St. Philips’ Central School in the Akpakaoga region. The Chaplin of the school noticed Chinua’s intelligence and quickly promoted him to a higher grade. He would later attend Nekede Central School.

Following Nigeria’s independence, Achebe was one of the first medical students at the newly established University College (today’s University of Ibadan). Under the influence of Joseph Conrad, he developed critical thinking and became agitated by European literature’s moronic portrayal of African people. Soon, he left the study of medicine to devote himself to the study of Theology and English with the financial aid from his brother.



Achebe’s first publication was for the university’s magazine of University of Herald. Since then, numerous stories have been written by him. “In a Village Church”, “Dead Men’s Path” are some of the very few of his works. His novel, “Things Fall Apart”, was critically acclaimed worldwide for genuine representation of tribal communities from the inside of the community. “A Man of the People”, “Arrow of God”, “No Longer at Ease” are other notable novels.


With the help of a UNESCO fellowship, Achebe traveled to East Africa, Brazil, and the United States, where he met poet Kofi Awoonor, novelist Wole Soyinka, and poet Langston Hughes.
During the Nigeria-Biafra War, his family relocated to Aba, the Biafran capital.
He enrolled at the University of Nigeria after the war ended. Achebe’s family moved to the United States in 1972 to take up a professorship at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. After retirement, he would get involved in politics and become a full-time activist.
He passed away on March 21, 2013, in Boston.

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