Legendary writer, Prof. Chinua Achebe has passed on. IMO STATE BLOG learned that the 82yr old died on Thursday night in Boston, Massachusetts after a brief illness.
Achebe was born in Ogidi, Anambra State, on November 16, 1930. His book, “Things Fall Apart” has sold more than 8 million copies and been translated into more than 50 languages. His other novels included “A Man of the People” and “Arrow of God.”
Achebe was a consistent critic of various military dictators that ruled Nigeria and was a loud voice in denouncing the failure of governance in the country.
Twice, he rejected offers by the Nigerian government to grant him a national honour, citing the deplorable political situations in the country, particularly in his home state of Anambra, as reason.
A true fighter even in death ; may his soul rest in peace.