Nigerian Poet, Novelist, Critic Wrote about social and cultural changes that occurred in Africa considered the founding father of African literature

born in Ogidi

Achebe’s parents stood at crossroads of traditional culture and Christian influence Achebe’s parents were some of the early converts to Christianity Achebe decided to become a writer after reading Mister Johnson (struck him as superficial and helped form his determination to write his own novels about Nigeria)

fiercely critical of how Western literature depicted Africa

won the Man Booker International Prize in 2007

born: November 16, 1930 died: March 21, 2013

themes: works:

believed that it was okay to write in English at a time when most African writers saw it as


”English is something you spend your lifetime acquiring, so it would be foolish not to use it.”

see also: Ngugi wa Thiong’o