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CHINUA ACHEBE. “The Father of Modern African Literature”. Albert Chinualumogu Achebe was born into an Ibo family on November 16, 1930 in Eastern Nigeria Son of Isiah Okafo, a Christian mission teacher, and Janet N. Achebe

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Chinua achebe
CHINUA ACHEBE

“The Father of Modern African Literature”




  • Has received 11 honorary doctorates has four children

  • Has won the Margaret Wrong Memorial Prize

  • Has won the Nigerian National Trophy

  • Has won the Commonwealth Poetry Prize

  • Has won the Lotus Award for Afro-Asian writers


  • Appointed research fellow at University of Nigeria and became professor of English, which he held from 1976 to 1981

  • Devoted supporter of Biafran independence and served as ambassador for the people of the new nation

  • He lived in the United States for several years in the 1970s, and returned in 1990 after a car accident left him paraylazed


Achebe s philosophy
Achebe’s philosophy became professor of English, which he held from 1976 to 1981

  • “I would be quite satisfied. . . if my novels did no more than teach my [African] readers that their past – with all its imperfections – was not one long night of savagery from which the first Europeans acting on God’s behalf delivered them.”


Achebe on writing
Achebe on Writing became professor of English, which he held from 1976 to 1981

  • Says that “the folk stories my mother and elder sister told us had the immemorial quality of the sky and the forests and the rivers”

  • Feels that Nigerian’s growing sense of nationalism caused the Nigerians to see “suddenly that we had a story to tell”


Influence on literature
INFLUENCE ON LITERATURE became professor of English, which he held from 1976 to 1981

  • First African writer to win broad critical acclaim in Europe and America and the most widely read African novelist, Chinua Achebe has shaped the world’s understanding of Africa and its literature.

  • Achebe was the first Nigerian writer to successfully transmute the conventions of the novel, a European art form, into African literature

  • Famous for his novels describing the effects of Western customs and values on traditional African society. Achebe’s satire and his keen ear for spoken language have made him one of the most highly esteemed African writers in English


Quotes from chinua achebe
Quotes from Chinua Achebe became professor of English, which he held from 1976 to 1981

  • “People create stories create people; or rather stories create people create stories.”

  • “When old people speak it is not of the sweetness of words in our mouths; it is because we see something which you do not see.”

  • “A man who makes trouble for others is also making trouble for himself.”

http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/authors/c/chinua_achebe.html


Important works
IMPORTANT WORKS became professor of English, which he held from 1976 to 1981

  • Things Fall Apart

  • No Longer at Ease

  • Arrow of God

  • A Man of the People

  • Anthills of the Savannah


Things fall apart
Things Fall Apart became professor of English, which he held from 1976 to 1981

  • Published in 1958

  • Was his first novel

  • “was an act of atonement with my past, the homage of a prodigal son”

  • Became the first novel written in English by an African writer to be included in secondary curriculum for African schools in 1964


Things fall apart1
Things Fall Apart became professor of English, which he held from 1976 to 1981

  • “portrays a complex, rigid society that could not adjust to the new order without sacrificing its traditional values”

  • Characters use aphorisms and stories to convey their thoughts – an Ibo tradition


Things fall apart2
Things Fall Apart became professor of English, which he held from 1976 to 1981

  • Chronicles the traumatic effects of the confrontation between traditional Ibos and European colonialists

  • Is brutally honest and does not cast blame in only one direction

  • Has said that the Ibo culture “has believed too much in manliness.” Perhaps this is part of the reason it crashed.


Works cited
WORKS CITED became professor of English, which he held from 1976 to 1981

<http://chinua-achebe.com/chinua-achebe-analysis.htm>.

<http://www.scholars.nus.edu.sg/landow/post/achebe/achebebio.html>.

<http://chinua-achebe.com>.

<http://www.answers.com/topics/chinua-achebe>.

<http://kirjasto.sci.fi/achebe.htm>.


Daniel tillman claudia house chinua achebe ap english 1 st period 11 25 08
Daniel Tillman became professor of English, which he held from 1976 to 1981Claudia HouseChinua AchebeAP English 1st period11-25-08


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