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Google Doodle honors author Chinua Achebe

Google Doodle honors author Chinua Achebe

This is his story.

"His characters were insiders" the Google doodle team noted. He grew up listening to stories narrated in his community.

His journey into the world of African literature began from the University of Ibadan where he studied English literature instead of medicine that was earlier intended.

In 1961, he married Christie Okoli and had four children. Together the pair had four children.

European interpretation of African culture.

When Biafra broke away from Nigeria in 1967, Achebe became a strong Biafran supporter.

A renowned champion of African voices, Achebe was also a vocal critic of those whom he felt did a disservice to the continent's literary tradition.

Frustrated by corruption in Nigeria, Chinua emigrated to the United States in 1969 as a university lecturer.

While his books often reflected on Nigeria's history, Achebe was also active in the politics of the present in Nigeria.

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In 1990 Achebe was in a auto crash in Nigeria that left him permanently paralyzed and in a wheelchair.

Achebe joined Brown University as a professor of African Studies in 2009. He was born on November 16, 1930 in Ogidi, Anambra and passed just a few years ago at the age of 82 on March 21, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts.

Clash of civilisations. As a Nigerian novelist, Achebe portrayed the social disorientation that resulted from Western colonisation of Africa.

Achebe started writing in the 1950s, with Things Fall Apart being published in 1958. Realising how much his life and his village have worsened, he hangs himself.

Achebe challenged the colonialist's view on Africa with his first novel "Things Fall Apart", and consistently with his other novels, essays, short stories, and language.

He is considered the father of modern African literature. In his honor, Google has commemorated the writer with a doodle to reflect his legacy and one of his most prominent works "Things Fall Apart".

Google today celebrates Late Chinua Achebe, one of the world's most important modern writers, marking his 87th birth anniversary with a Google Doodle.

As one who brought to life the land and traditions of his people as we read his books, he has been awarded for such, including the Man Booker Prize in 2007.


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