Chinua and children’s short stories, like How
Chinua Achebe was an African author who was born on November 16, 1930 in the town of Ogidi, Nigeria.
He had an early education in English at University College (now the University of Ibadan), and he joined the Nigerian Broadcasting Corporation as director of external broadcasting in 1961 after teaching for a short time. He married his wife Christie Chinwe Okoli in 1961, and eventually had four children. His most famous works were written in the 1960’s, including his Things Fall Apart novels (1958, 1960), and Arrow of God (1964).
His novels were well-known for their unsentimental, straightforward way he portrayed conflict in Africa, often from many unique points of views. Chinua Achebe co-founded the Citadel Press in 1967 with poet Christopher Okigbo, who was killed two years later in the Nigerian Civil War. Chinua Achebe toured the United States during the 1970’s, giving lectures with writers Gabriel Okara and Cyprian Ekwensi in various colleges to raise awareness about the conflict in Nigeria.
He also served as the director for Heinemann Educational Books Ltd. and Nwankwo-Ifejika Ltd, both publishing companies. He published more literature in the 1970’s and the 1980’s, including the novel Anthills of the Savannah (1987), which was shortlisted for the Booker McConnell Prize.
In 1990, a car accident, which left Achebe paralyzed from the waist down for the rest of his life. Shortly after, Achebe moved to the United States, where he taught at in Bard College, and later Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island, where he served as the David and Marianna Fisher University professor and professor of Africana studies. Chinua Achebe won several awards for his literature over his lifetime, including the Man Booker International Prize (2007) and the Dorothy and Lillian Gish Prize (2010). Although best known for his novels, Chinua Achebe also wrote poetry and children’s short stories, like How the Leopard Got His Claws (1972).
Achebe died on March 21, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts.My research topic focuses on Africa, more specifically Ethiopia. Like Chinua Achebe, my research topic will focus on conflict between peoples in African countries. His life and writing were heavily influenced by the civil war in Nigeria, even to the point of having his fellow writer Christopher Okigbo killed in the war. Similarly, my research topic will focus on famine caused by the civil war in Ethiopia.