10 Interesting Chinua Achebe Facts

Wednesday, December 4th 2013. | People

Chinua Achebe facts provide the information about the Nigerian educator and writer. This man is famous with his books and works.  He was born on 16th November 1930 in eastern part of Nigeria called Igbo town of Ogidi. Find out more facts about him in the following post below:

Chinua Achebe Facts 1: education

Chinua Achebe got his English education in the University of Ibadan. In 1961, he became director of external broadcasting in Nigerian Broadcasting Corporation. He was in this job position until 1966.

Chinua Achebe Facts 2: Things Fall Apart

Things Fall Apart is his first published novel in 1958. The novel is about the clash between the traditional white culture and colonial government and the native African culture.

Chinua Achebe facts

Chinua Achebe facts

Chinua Achebe Facts 3: popularity of his book

His novel entitled Thing Fall Apart was very successful. It has been used in many kinds of schools.

Chinua Achebe Facts 4: other famous novels

There are many kinds of novels that Achebe had written. Some of them include A Man of the People (1966), Arrow of God (1964), and Longer at Ease (1960). Most of his novel is related to the conflict between the new colonial way and traditional way of African people.

Chinua Achebe Old

Chinua Achebe Old

Chinua Achebe Facts 5: Citadel Press

Citadel Press is a publishing company created by Chinua Achebe and Christopher Okigbo in 1967. The main intention of having this company is to provide kids with children printed books.

Chinua Achebe Facts 6: moved to US

His fellow partner, Okigbo was killed during Nigerian civil war. Achebe decided to move to US two years later with his fellow writers, Cyprian Ekwensi and Gabriel Okara. All of them work by giving lectures in many kinds of Universities in United States.

Chinua Achebe Writer

Chinua Achebe Writer

Chinua Achebe Facts 7: wedding

In 1961, Achebe was married to Christie Chinwe Okoli. Both of them had four kids.

Chinua Achebe Facts 8: returned to Nigeria

Achebe then decided to move back to his birth country, Nigeria. He worked at the University of Nigeria as the professor of English in 1976 to 1981.

Chinua Achebe Young

Chinua Achebe Young

Chinua Achebe Facts 9: Nigerian publishing houses

He also got another job when becoming a professional of English in Nigeria.   There were two Nigerian publishing houses named Heinemann Educational Books Ltd. and Nwankwo-Ifejika Ltd. directed by Achebe.

Chinua Achebe Facts 10: short stories and a children’s book

In 1970s, it seems that Achebe shifted his concern by writing about short stories, poetry collections and children’s books. Some of his works include Christmas in Biafra (1973), Soul-Brother (1971), How the Leopard Got His Claws (1973), and Morning Yet on Creation Day (1975).

Chinua Achebe

Chinua Achebe

One of his famous lectures is at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. It was delivered in US in 1975 with the title “An Image of Africa: Racism in Conrad’s Heart of Darkness”. Do you have any statement on facts about Chinua Achebe?

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