There was a writer named Chinua Achebe
The last parting gift we received from Chinualumogu Achebe was named "There was a country" and according to the writer, it is simply a personal history of what happened during Nigeria's civil war against the Eastern region after the latter which was dominated by Ndigbo decided to secede and call itself the Republic of Biafra.
His latest book in 2012(There was a country) is expected to be a best seller when it comes to historical reports about the Nigerian-Biafran war just like his first bestseller titled Things fall apart was.
Achebe was reported to have died on 21st March 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts, United states after a bried illness in a hospital that battled to save his life. He was born on the 16th of November 1930 in Anambra state, precisely in Ogidi town and from the Igbo speaking tribe.
Books written by Chinua Achebe
- Things fall Apart
- No longer at ease
- Chike and the river
- Arrow of God
- A man of the people
- Anthills of the savannah
- There was a country
- Girls at war
..and many more..
We know a man by his works and in the case of Achebe, his work as a writer only produced many books(over 20) and one of them titled Things fall apart has remained a best seller and the most sold book from Africa. Things fall apart was written as far back as 1958, before Nigeria's independence from Britain and this book has only grown popular as time went by.
It is a popular and recommended book in secondary schools across Africa, not just Nigeria. It was in secondary school I got to know about Achebe by reading his book and also there were movies created based on the story and the movie was aired in Nigeria during the 1980s. The most popular character I remember in the movie was Okonkwo which was played by Pete Edochie which is now a popular name in Nollywood. So we can say that Chinua Achebe's writing was one of the first works to influence Nollywood.
Achebe's greatest success remains his first book titled Things fall apart which has sold over 8 million copies and has been translated into over 50 languages around the world and this has made him the most translated African writer of all times
When it comes to literary giants from the black world, not just Nigeria or Africa, Chinua Achebe would remain among the top for now as far as the 21st century is concerned and I'm glad to have been alive to witness some his his works while he was also alive.