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Chinua Achebe’s Biography
Chinua Achebe was a Nigerian Poet, born in colonized British Nigeria on 16th November, 1930, in Saint Simon’s Church, Nneobi. He was brought up within a Igbo culture with the influence of Christianity under the rule of the British Emperor. His father, Isaiah Okafo Achebe, was a preacher and school teacher and his mother, Janet Anaenechi Iloegbunam, was from Awka.
One of his monumental works, “Things Fall Apart”‘, stirred the African literary movement against the cultural hegemony of Christianity inflicted by British rulers. This paradigmatic shift from the colonised mindset in this novel will be a thrilling journey and will open a new horizon for you. While you are at it, you can also indulge yourself in Telecom Asia Sport for a fun and leisure time.
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 method of storytelling of the Igbo peoples was the foundation of the future works (novels, stories) of him. His father provided him with almanac and books. Later on, he was admitted to St. Philips’ Central School in Akpakaoga region in 1936. Noticing his intellect, Chinua was soon promoted to higher grade by the Chaplin of the school. Later, he would go to Nekede Central School.
After the independence of Nigeria, Achebe was one of the first candidates of medicine in the newly opened University College (today’s University of Ibadan). Under the influence of Joseph Conrad, he developed critical thinking and became agitated by the moronic portrayal of African people in European literature. 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 fellowship granted by UNESCO, Achebe visited East Africa, Brazil, USA and made acquaintance with poet Kofi Awoonor, novelist Wole Soyinka, and poet Langston Hughes. At the time of the Nigeria-Biafra War, his family migrated to the Biafran capital of Aba. After the end of the war, he joined the University of Nigeria. In 1972, Achebe’s family moved to the US under the professorship offered by University of Massachusetts, Amherst. He would become involved in politics after retirement and become a full time activist. He died on 21 March, 2013, in Boston.