Tribute to a Literary Icon: Chinua Achebe (1930-2013)

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Unlike many, I was late to discover the legend that was Chinua Achebe. Being Nigerian I had heard many people talk about his great works, but I had never read anything he wrote. I finally read his first novel Things Fall Apart in the beginning of January 2012. It was then I realised why he was so acclaimed - he rewrote the story of Africa and Africans that was perpetuated during colonialism.

I was in class about to teach when I heard the news that he had passed away. I took a few moments of silence to mourn the loss of a great writer. At the end of the class, a student of mine read the news and asked 'Who was Chinua Achebe?' To which I replied, 'One of the greatest writers of our time'. And he truly was. I may have fallen in love with his writing at a very late stage in my life, but I am grateful that I discovered it when I did. So thank you sir for great literature. Rest in Peace!!!

This is not an exhaustive list, but to celebrate a literary icon, here's a look at some his novels, memoirs, short story collections, essays and more. 

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  1. Love the covers, and the content, of course!

  2. I finished Things Fall Apart last week. I plan to complete the trilogy. Thanks for posting the others. It's prompted me to look into them.

    1. How did you find it? I'm yet to read "Arrow of God", but I've heard it's one of the best in the trilogy.

  3. You can check for some of Chinua Achebe's collections.