Chinua Achebe’s “Things Fall Apart”

It’s been over 50 years since Nigeria’s Chinua Achebe, hailed as the father of modern African writing, penned the legendary novel ‘Things Fall Apart’ in 1958. The novel was Achebe’s first and sold over 10 million copies. Nigerian novelist Chinua Achebe is a fine stylish and an astute social critic, is one of the best-known African writers in the world and his novels are often assigned in university courses. His works explore the impact of European culture on African society. Paul Ndiho has more

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  • Through his fiction and non-fiction works, Nigerian author Chinua Achebe has sought to repair the damage done to the continent of Africa and its people as a result of European colonization. This is best exemplified in his most famous novel “Things Fall Apart,” one of the first African novels written in English to achieve national acclaim. Set in the 1890s, the novel deals with the impact of British colonialism on the traditional Igbo society in Nigeria. Published in 1958 — just two years before the end of a century of British rule in Nigeria — the novel celebrated its 50th anniversary of publication in 2008. “An Evening with Chinua Achebe” featured the author reading from his celebrated work. R.I.P Chinua Achebe


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