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Chinua Achebe
Chinua Achebe
Full name: Albert Chinualumogo Achebe
 Born in Ogidi, Nigeria in 1930
 Part of the Igbo (Ibo) culture
 Named after Prince Albert (married to the
current Queen Victoria)
 His parents were devout Evangelical
Protestants
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Biography Continued
Achebe was a very smart child and his
intelligence and dedication to education
gave him access to some of the most
prestigious schools in Nigeria.
 Became an English Professor (1953)
 1954, moved to Lagos and worked for the
Nigerian Broadcast Service (radio network)
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In 1956, a visit by Queen Elizabeth II
greatly influenced Achebe because the
visit inspired discussion of colonialism and
politics.
 Later on that year, Achebe was given his
first opportunity to travel out of Nigeria
when he went to London to receive special
training in technical production.
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During this time, Achebe was working on
Things Fall Apart and it was eventually
published in 1958.
 The book is translated into over 50
languages and has sold over 80 million
copies
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Married in 1961 and had 4 children.
 In 1967, Achebe became an activist for
the Biafran Republic (which was a
southeastern part of Nigeria seeking
independence.)
 This caused the Nigerian government to
revoke his passport (once Nigeria has
successfully quelled the Biafran mutiny.)
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Achebe moved back to Ogidi with his
family and became a professor once again
at the University of Nigeria.
 In 1972, Achebe was offered a
Professorial position at the Univerity of
Massachusets Amherst, and so he and his
family moved to the U.S.
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In 1975, Achebe gave a lecture called An
Image of Africa: Racism in Conrad’s Heart
of Darkness
This stirred much controversy
 Claimed that Conrad dehumanized the
Africans
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Achebe then returned to Nigeria to
continue work on the Okike newspaper
and focus on his writing.
 Throughout the 1980’s he received many
awards and prizes in his native country.
 In March of 1990, Achebe was in a severe
car accident that left him paralyzed from
the waist down.
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Since then, Achebe has worked as a
professor in various American Universities.
 In Fall of 2009 he took a position at Brown
University as Professor of African Studies.
 In 2010 he received The Dorothy and
Lillian Gish Prize for $300,000 (one of the
richest prizes given the in the arts)

Style
Weaves folk tales and proverbs into his
stories, which often focus on Igbo culture
and its clash with modern culture
(colonization).
 Originally, written in English (which he felt
was a unifying language for the various
Nigerian and African nations due to
colonization).
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Main Ideas/Topics
Culture/ colonization
 Masculinity vs. femininity
 Tradition
 Fallibility of man
 Destruction of African culture
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Nigeria in Africa
Nigeria
Nigerian nations
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