Biography of Chinua Achebe (1930-2013)

Nigerian writer born on November 16, 1930 in Ogidi, and died in Boston, Massachusetts, on March 22, 2013. As a novelist and poet of the twentieth century, reflect on his work on the impact of the modern world in African traditional culture, so his novels, written in English, describes the life and Ibo society in continuous conflict with British colonial laws and westernization, as you can see, for example, in Things Fall Apart (1958) and A Man of the People (1966).

Achebe achieved international fame after the publication of his first novel, Things Fall Apart (1958), which establishes the fundamental issue which will govern all of his later work: the impact of Western influences in traditional African society. The action of Things Fall Apart takes place in eastern Nigeria during the time of British colonialism, when a tribal leader returns to his village after several years of exile only to be able to contemplate how colonial laws and Christianity have embedded the identity of the tribe. The Arrow of God (1964) and A Man of the People (1966) are two other works in which Achebe believes this same problem of tribal culture and the language of the Ibo people, issues that expresses without sentimentality, and even with some touches of irony.

With the title of Girls at War (1972), one of his last works, Achebe proposes a collection of short stories. His latest novel is Anthills of the Savannah (1987). He/She has also published poetry, examples of this are the books Christmas in Biafra and Other Poems (1973). He/She has been co-editor since 1971 of a most influential literary magazine in Africa, Okike.

In 2002 he/she received the peace prize, the prestigious award that delivered the German publishers on the occasion of the Frankfurt book fair.