Chinua Achebe – One of My Favourite Authors

A Little About Him

Albert Chinualumogu Achebe was a Nigerian novelist, poet, professor and critic. Born in November 16, 1930 in Igbo land of Ogidi where he grew up. He Studied Literature in English at University College( now University of Ibadan). Read more. He died on 21, March 2013 at 82.

Chinua Achebe was one of the most important African Poet and Novelist also considered as one of the most original literary artist writing in English during his lifetime.

Chinua Achebe’s notable works

His first novel Things Fall Apart, widely read in Modern Literature was published in 1958 and became his greatest work, the novel that later got him global attention. His other notable works are;

  • No Longer at Ease -1960
  • Arrow of God – 1964
  • A Man of the People – 1966
  • Anthills of the Savanna – 1987

He wrote many other stories and essays including children stories, folk stories and more. You can find all his works here

Writing Style

I love Achebe’s works because of his writing style which relied on the Igbo oral heritage, incorporating straightforward narration with representations of folk stories, oratory and proverbs.

Notable lovable Texts From Achebe’s Things Fall Apart.

This is the best part. His books are full of meaningful moral quotes and proverbs. I love reading them. They teach me a lot about life.

●A man who calls his kinsmen to a feast does not do so to save them from starving. They all have food in their own homes. When we gather in the moonlit village ground, it is not because of the moon every man can see it in his own compound. We come together because it is good for kinsmen to do so.

●People say that it is when you see water rising up your ankle, that’s when you’ll do something about it, not when it has risen up to your neck.

●A man of worth never gets up to unsay what he said yesterday.

When brothers fight to death, strangers inherit their father’s estate.

●Whatever music you play on your drum, there is someone who can dance to it.

●We shall all live. We pray for life, children, a good harvest and happiness. You will have what is good for you, and I will have what is good for me. Let the kite perch and let the egret perch too. If one says no to the other, let his wing break.

What do I remember Achebe for?

I remember him for his novels especially for “Things Fall Apart” and all those moral lessons in them and whenever I think about African Literature, I think about Chinua Achebe. That’s the impact his works have on me.

4 thoughts on “Chinua Achebe – One of My Favourite Authors”

  1. You might be surprised to know that I studied African literature in English at University, long ago, in the early 1990s, before the Internet era… I took a couple of exams, reading a lot of authors (including Achebe and a few female writers) and got so in love with it and with the course professor (she was such a good and knowledgeable teacher), that decided to choose it as the subject of my final graduation essay (“tesi” in italiano)… This article of yours brings me back to that period… Wow, what an emotion it is!

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