March 22nd, 2013
08:21 AM ET

Author Chinua Achebe dies at 82

Nigerian author Chinua Achebe, acclaimed in part for his groundbreaking 1958 novel "Things Fall Apart," has died, his British publisher, Penguin Books, said Friday. He was 82.

An author of more than 20 books, his honors included the 2007 Man Booker International Prize for Fiction.

Achebe is a major part of African literature, and is popular all over the continent for his novels, especially "Anthills of the Savannah," which was itself shortlisted for the Booker Prize in 1987, and "Things Fall Apart."

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  1. Zimbo

    Condolences to his family, a great novelist indeed!

    March 22, 2013 at 8:51 am | Report abuse |
  2. Jill Bendall

    Chinua Achebe dies and CNN gives 3 paragraphs? Are you guys serious?!

    March 22, 2013 at 1:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • KELLY

      Not even full paragraphs. Every other major international news source is covering this more appropriately. Shame on CNN. I had to actually type his name into the search to find this pathetic, by-the-way mention. The story doesn't appear on any of the numerous front pages in either the US or the International editions.

      March 22, 2013 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • ..

      If you already knew, why google it to find it? If you hate cnn so much, why are you here?? Duh.

      March 22, 2013 at 2:54 pm | Report abuse |
  3. biodun3

    AN ODE TO ‘OKONKWO’
    (c) 2013.

    A man of many words,
    Who dined with the lowly and the lords;
    He held the strangers in awe,
    One averse to breaking the customary law.

    To the one who talked when he saw his people’s plight,
    It’s too early to say good-bye;
    But when there’s a call from the Most High,
    It’s time to say a tearful good-night.

    The angels calling,
    The heavenly choir singing;
    ‘Okonkwo’ a higher call to answer,
    Keep resting till we meet in the hereafter.

    March 24, 2013 at 7:44 am | Report abuse |
  4. aneesa

    oh...

    April 6, 2013 at 3:57 am | Report abuse |