Chinua Achebe, the father of modern African literature, has died at the age of 82 in Boston. Born in Nigeria in 1930, Achebe's first novel, Things Fall Apart (1958) took the world by storm and set the stage for Africa to reclaim the literary voice usurped by her colonizers. Novelist, critic, political activist, professor, and poet - the power and influence of Achebe's work and legacy is staggering.
Read (or re-read) Achebe's works. Here is a selection available at the Toronto Public Library:
Things Fall Apart is also available on Audiobook.
Read what the Guardian had to say when Achebe was awarded the International Man Booker Prize in 2007.
Watch the 2008 PBS Interview: Achebe Discusses Africa 50 Years After Things Fall Apart: