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Evangelist Obadare & Chinua Achebe Dead: 2 Nigerian Legends Died Same Day


Evangelist Obadare & Chinua Achebe Dead: 2 Nigerian Legends Died Same Day

obadare and achebe died same day

March 22, 2013 – Prophet Obadare & Chinua Achebe’ Death: 2 Nigerian Legends Died On The Same Day

Just yesterday Nigeria was hit with the sudden death of popular Nigerian evangelist Obadare who passed away in his hometown of Akure, Ondo state Nigeria at the age of 83.

Few hours later, we learnt of the death of Nigerian literacy icon, the writer of Things fall apart novel, Prof. Chinua Achebe.

Chinua Achebe died at age 82 in Boston, Massachusetts on Thursday after a prolonged battle with an age-related illness.

Evangelist Obadare’s Death: Reactions From Famous Nigerians

Reacting to the death of the famous Bible preacher, the former President, Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor said the late Prophet Obadare’s death came to him as a shock, adding that he was a great man.

“It’s a shock. I’m surprised. He’s an elderly man quite alright but we never thought he would go so soon.

“He was a great man who contributed his quota to evangelism in Nigeria and Africa. We’re surely going to miss him.

“Obviously, God has called him and there is nothing we can do than to wish him good night,” Oritsejafor who spoke from the United Kingdom, said.

In his own comments, the General Evangelist of the Christ Apostolic Church Worldwide, Prophet Samuel Kayode Abiara described the late Obadare as “our father in the Lord and a genuine prophet of God.”

“He was our father in the Lord, a genuine prophet of God. He was a prophet of prophets, pastor of pastors. He was a pastor with uncommon grace and favour. He was an international preacher.

“What I found interesting about him is that if he ask you to read the Bible and you make a mistake, he will correct you.

“Well, he is dead, nobody can query God. We’ll miss him. We must all emulate him. He worked all day to promote God. He preached the scriptures all over the world. God used him mightily. His preaching was centred on salvation. He was a wonderful man of God” – Abiara told PM news this morning

Chinua Achebe’s Death – Nigerian Literacy Icon Gone Too Soon

According to Sahara reporter, Chinua Achebe was born on November 16, 1930 and was educated at Government College Umuahia and University College, Ibadan. At Ibadan, Professor Achebe was initially admitted to study medicine, but he decided to change his areas of concentration to literature, history and religion.

After graduating from university, he worked for Radio Nigeria, rising to the post of director of External Broadcasting. He also began his career as a writer, catapulting himself to the height of Africa’s most widely read novelist. His first novel, Things Fall Apart, is the largest selling book by any African author. The novel has sold more than 10 million copies and has been translated into approximately sixty languages around the world. The classic work was followed by such other novels as No Longer At Ease, Arrow of God, A Man of the People, and Anthills of the Savannah. In addition, Achebe authored several books of essays, including Morning Yet on Creation Day, Hopes and Impediments, Home and Exile, and The Education of a British-Protected Child. Professor Achebe also published two books of poetry, a collection of short stories entitled Girls At War, a political polemic titled The Trouble With Nigeria, and several children’s books. His works won numerous literary prizes, including the Man Booker Prize and the Gish Prize for artistic excellence which he received in 2010.

Professor Achebe’s latest book, There Was A Country: A Personal History of Biafra, generated great controversy and debate in Nigeria and around the world when it was published in October of 2012. The book is Achebe’s insider account of his formation as a writer as well as a series of crises that led to Nigeria’s civil war in which a reported two million people perished.

During the Nigerian civil war (1967-1970), Achebe served as an envoy of the secessionist state of Biafra.

Achebe was the scourge of bad rulers in Nigeria and elsewhere in Africa. His book The Trouble With Nigeria criticized Nigerian leaders for their “failure of leadership.” He twice rejected offers of Nigerian national honors in protest against the policies of former President Olusegun Obasanjo and incumbent President Goodluck Jonathan. However, he won the inaugural edition of the Nigerian National Merit Award in the mid-1980s.

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.

Obadare & Chinua Achebe’ Death: An Interesting Coincidence

Obadare passed away on Thursday at age 83 while Chinua Achebe died few hours later on the same day at age 82…. What an interesting coincidence!

The legends of our time are gone….

May their souls rest in perfect peace!



  1. Jacy

    March 22, 2013 at 2:51 PM

    A great legend indeed is dead. Chinua U ar my role model o. Rest in d bosom of the Lord

  2. Samson HR

    March 22, 2013 at 3:22 PM

    Death of an Hero, RIP Professor.

  3. Dan

    March 22, 2013 at 4:39 PM

    The end of an era! May ur soul rest in perfect peace Prof Achebe. Amen!

  4. plejo

    March 22, 2013 at 6:48 PM

    we really missd an icon bt we promise that ur legacies we continue b in our mind. Enternal rest grant unto ur soul, let perpetual light shine on u and ur soul rest in peace Amen.

  5. funmilola

    March 22, 2013 at 7:12 PM

    BABA OBADARE rest in pease.

  6. dominicani

    March 22, 2013 at 7:13 PM

    jtoh dead y a u taken my favorit author away i mis u genius.

  7. funmilola

    March 22, 2013 at 7:14 PM



    March 22, 2013 at 9:08 PM


  9. Precious

    March 22, 2013 at 9:46 PM

    Rest in peace Legends


    March 22, 2013 at 10:04 PM

    Papa Obadare u have fought a good fight of faith sun ree o till we meet again in paradise

  11. Nony

    March 22, 2013 at 10:56 PM

    May ur soul RIP 2 LEGEND of our time

  12. nnai ebuka aka ebugliemo

    March 22, 2013 at 11:36 PM

    i love u my mentor. r.i.p son of d sail. ‘owutere ayi bu umu-afo ibo’

  13. Alabi Taiwo

    March 23, 2013 at 8:45 AM

    Great legends indeed. May your souls rest @ the bossom of almighty God. SUN UN RE OOO!!!

  14. Vicky

    March 23, 2013 at 12:36 PM

    Adieu Baba Obadare may ur soul rest in peace.

  15. Vicky

    March 23, 2013 at 12:38 PM

    Fall of a great man, adieu Pa Obadare, may your soul rest in peace

  16. Ekong

    March 23, 2013 at 8:17 PM

    May d good God grant u both a perfect rest, til we meet @ His feet.

  17. Comrade Unity Erhabor

    March 24, 2013 at 12:35 PM

    Prof Achebe, You’ve laid down a legacy and your name is written on platon of Gold.. May your gentle soul rest in perfect peace.Prof Achebe, You’ve laid down a legacy and your name is written on platon of Gold.. May your gentle soul rest in perfect peace.Prof Achebe, You’ve laid down a legacy and your name is written on platon of Gold.. May your gentle soul rest in perfect peace.Prof Achebe, You’ve laid down a legacy and your name is written on platon of Gold.. May your gentle soul rest in perfect peace. Daddy Obadare, nothing can delete from the annal of history that you are a genuine and sincere man of God, you preach God’s word undiluted, you are the greatest evangelist of our time, despite your physical disability, your worked and served God in spirit and in truth..adieu Papa Obadare, May your rest in the blossom of God Almighty… Nigeria has lost great legends… RIP

  18. Akinde Ayobami Isaac

    March 26, 2013 at 1:35 PM

    I felt so bad in my heart about the death ……..because is one of the greatest preacher i respect most in my life . My prayer to God is that the angel of God we guide and protect the children and wife.

  19. Owuda Raymond

    March 27, 2013 at 8:39 PM


  20. Tope

    March 28, 2013 at 7:58 AM

    Baba Obadare, the man that does’t see that corrected whom see.ur work speaks,i know u’re in heven because u’re the truly man of God.I PRAY WEMEET IN KINGDOM OF GOD.

  21. Mena

    March 28, 2013 at 11:48 PM

    May their gentle soul rest in perfect peace……………AMEN

    • Julie Ibidapo[nee Amadi]

      April 4, 2013 at 2:30 AM

      It looks to me that The Mighty one is calling those He actually Fashioned in His own image and endowed with divine attributes of Wisdom and Knowledge, encapsulated as excellent divine souls; Chinua, my tribal father,hero and inspiration in literary realms,Baba Obadare, my marital father, mentor and spiritual hero,who reads the lines of the bible more accurately than the clear sighted faithfuls, handing down The Word, explaining it succintly as l am sure made his Father above proud of him. My heart is heavy for their departure, but they deserve a divine rest from the current Bokoharam infested, corruption riddled Nigeria int which God dropped them two as the salt and Pride of Nigeria. All should at this time , join me in praying that these two fine souls who undoubtedly are resting from their great comission here on earth, get soon and quickly replaced for Nigeria, for we need such as Chinua an T. Obadare, many of such; in our Land at all times.May God console Nigerians that are broken-hearted as lam at this time, their loved ones, wives and children, Amen.

  22. Femi

    May 22, 2013 at 8:00 AM

    The grdat man died, d mst respected Evangelist, tel me d sighted does nt read Bible text acurate like him, i say gud bye Baba, ao pada lese Jesu.

  23. Fada

    November 27, 2013 at 12:24 AM

    Rest in peace legends of our time

  24. adedayo cornerstone

    September 17, 2014 at 9:23 PM

    Papa Prophet T o Obadare! I will miss u! A sincere Man of The Great God. Sun re o. Till we meet in Paradise to part no more good NITE.

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