The sins of being an IGBO Person,Things Fall Apart' with over 50 translations went on to sell over 12 million copies (and still selling.The man who got the Noble price how many of his books was sold!!


Famed writer and educator, Chinua Achebe, was born Albert Chinualumogu on November 16, 1930, in the Igbo town of Ogidi in eastern Nigeria. After becoming educated in English at University College (now the University of Ibadan) and a subsequent teaching stint, Achebe joined the Nigerian Broadcasting Corporation in 1961 as director of external broadcasting. He served in that role until 1966

Achebe toured the United States with fellow writers Gabriel Okara and Cyprian Ekwensi, lecturing at universities. Upon his return to Nigeria, he was appointed research fellow at the University of Nigeria and became professor of English, a position he held from 1976 until 1981 (professor emeritus from 1985).

Chinua Achebe was director (from 1970) of two Nigerian publishers, Heinemann Educational Books Ltd. and Nwankwo-Ifejika Ltd. After an automobile accident in Nigeria in 1990 that left him partially paralyzed, he moved to the United States, where he taught at Bard College in Annandale-on-Hudson, New York. In 2009 Achebe left Bard to join the faculty of Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island.

Chinua Achebe's 'Things Fall Apart' was published in 1958. The novel chronicled pre-colonial life in Nigeria and the arrival of the Europeans during the late nineteenth century. The book is seen as the archetypal modern African novel in English. It is one of the first to receive global critical acclaim. It is the most widely read book in modern African literature.
Achebe won the Man Booker International Prize in 2007.

"Things Fall Apart' with over 50 translations would go on to sell over 12 million copies (and still selling) and inspire generations of authors, artists and musicians, from Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie to Kendrick Lamar.

The 1960s proved to be a productive period for Achebe. In 1961, he married Christie Chinwe Okoli, with whom he would go on to have four children, and it was during this decade he wrote the follow-up novels to Things Fall Apart: No Longer at Ease (1960) and Arrow of God (1964), as well as A Man of the People (1966). All the books address the issue of traditional ways of life coming into conflict with new, often colonial, points of view.

The legendary and iconic author, poet, professor and broadcaster has many other exceptional works to his credit. Many of which, particularly 'Things Fall Apart' can be found in libraries around the world!

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