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Google honours Chinua Achebe

If he hadn’ t died in March of 2013, one of Nigeria’ s most popular novelist , poet , professor , and critic, Chinua Achebe would have clocked 87 years of age yesterday .

That is why Google is honouring the late Albert Chinụalụmọgụ Achebe with its doodle today .
The novelist was born on November 16 , 1930 . His first novel Things Fall Apart ( 1958) , often considered his best , is one of the most widely read books in modern African literature .

His journey into the world of African literature began from the University of Ibadan where he studied English literature instead of medicine that was earlier intended .

After Things Fall Apart – which depicts the complex customs of the Igbo people – and the wide acceptance it received, Achebe went on to write No Longer at Ease ( 1960) , Arrow of God (1964 ), A Man of the People (1966 ), and Anthills of the Savannah (1987 ).

A titled Igbo chieftain himself , Achebe’ s novels focus on the traditions of the Igbo society , the effect of Christian influences, and the clash of Western and traditional African values during and after the colonial era . His style relies heavily on the Igbo oral tradition and combines straightforward narration with representations of folk stories , proverbs, and oratory .

On March 22 , 1990 , Achebe had a car accident that confined him to the wheelchair for the rest of his life .

He won among others, the Man Booker International Prize in 2007.

In October 2012, Achebe’ s publishers , Penguin Books , released what became his last published book There Was a Country : A Personal History of Biafra . He died in March, the following year.

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