Making excuses why Chinua Achebe has never won the Nobel Prize For literature is close to impossible, because practically all African writers who have won it were first published under the African writer Series where he was founding Editor, so what Excuse does the Nobel Foundation have?
below we look at Achebe’s Life in pictures
Right up until his death Achebe worked as Professor of Africana Studies at Brown University and was the David and Marianna University Professor.
Achebe is known as the “father of modern African literature”, and made his name writing about the history of Nigeria.
Things Fall Apart, set amid 1890s Nigeria and the influx of Christian missionaries, is renowned the world over, has been translated into 50 languages and has sold more than 10 million copies.
The novel takes its title from WB Yeats’s 1919 poem “The Second Coming”: “Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold; Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world…”
Nelson Mandela called him “the writer in whose company the prison walls came down”, and credited him as the author who “brought Africa to the rest of the world”
He met his wife Christie Okoli while in Lagos and the couple married in 1961 going on to have four children.
During the Nigeria Civil War Achebe joined the Biafran Government as an ambassador. He wrote about his experiences in his last book, There Was A Country.
He was one of the first students to attend the University College, now University of Ibadan in 1948. Having first opted to study medicine he switched to English, history and theology after his first year.After winning his degree Achebe taught at Ibadan before joining the Nigeria Broadcasting Service in 1954.
he died Aged 82