March 22, 2013 – Chinua Achebe Is Dead: Nigerian Novelist Prof Achebe Died In Boston, US Last Night
Popular and highly celebrated Nigerian writer and novelists, Professor Chinua Achebe is dead.
Is Chinua Achebe Dead
When NaijaGists.com received the sad news last night, we put a call through to our source in the United States Of America who confirmed that the reknown author died of age related illness at a private hospital in the US on Thursday night.
Chinua Achebe died on March 21st, 2013 around 10pm in Massachusetts after over three months of sickness.
The Things Fall Apart author passed away in the presence of his children.
A source said before Chinua Achebe’s death, his children were told to come visit him and the moment they arrived, the reknown novelist gave up the ghost.
Late Prof. Chinua Achebe was born on the 15th of November 1930 in Ogidi, Anambra State Nigeria. He studied at Government college in Umuahia. He later proceeded to the University of Ibadan where he graduated in 1954.
While working for the Nigerian Broadcasting Corporation, he composed his first novel, Things Fall Apart (1959), at a time when Nigerian prose fiction was represented solely by the fantastic folklore romances of Amos Tutuola and the popular stories of urban life of Cyprian Ekwensi. Achebe’s novel introduced serious social and psychological analysis into Nigerian literature. It is set in the early days of colonization and tells the tragedy of a warrior hero who rigidly identifies with the values of traditional Ibo society.
He died at the age of 82 few hours after the death of Prophet Obadare, founder of WOSEM.
Chinua Achebe is survived by his wife, Christie Chinwe Achebe, a professor of psychology, and four children – Chinelo (a professor), Ikechukwu (a researcher and academic), Chidi (a medical doctor based in Boston, Massachusetts), and Nwando (a professor of history at Michigan State University) – as well as several grandchildren.
May his soul rest in perfect peace.