Chinua Achebe

1930 - 2013

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Chinua Achebe (; 16 November 1930 – 21 March 2013) was a Nigerian novelist, poet, and critic who is regarded as the dominant figure of modern African literature. His first novel and magnum opus, Things Fall Apart (1958), occupies a pivotal place in African literature and remains the most widely studied, translated and read African novel. Along with Things Fall Apart, his No Longer at Ease (1960) and Arrow of God (1964) complete the so called "African Trilogy"; later novels include A Man of the People (1966) and Anthills of the Savannah (1987). Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Chinua Achebe has received more than 2,816,754 page views. His biography is available in 77 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 71 in 2019). Chinua Achebe is the 1,157th most popular writer (up from 1,164th in 2019), the 5th most popular biography from Nigeria (up from 6th in 2019) and the 2nd most popular Nigerian Writer.

Achebe is most famous for his novel Things Fall Apart.

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Among writers, Chinua Achebe ranks 1,157 out of 5,794Before him are Pierre Larousse, Michel Verne, Anton Praetorius, Ivan Cankar, Blaise Cendrars, and Jan Guillou. After him are Friedrich Maximilian Klinger, Ugo Foscolo, Alcman, Aksel Sandemose, Robert Browning, and Matteo Bandello.

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Among people born in 1930, Chinua Achebe ranks 78Before him are Princess Ragnhild, Mrs. Lorentzen, Jerome Isaac Friedman, Pierre Bergé, Zhores Alferov, Tony Lip, and Robert Loggia. After him are Ruth Rendell, Sonia Rykiel, Omara Portuondo, Edgar Mitchell, Michel Serres, and Luce Irigaray. Among people deceased in 2013, Chinua Achebe ranks 53Before him are Nagisa Oshima, Jesús Franco, Jerome Karle, Tony Lip, Conrad Bain, and Viktor Kulikov. After him are Mohammed Omar, Sylvia Browne, Lawrence Klein, Ovadia Yosef, John Cornforth, and Kenneth Waltz.

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In Nigeria

Among people born in Nigeria, Chinua Achebe ranks 5 out of 200Before him are Wole Soyinka (1934), Dr. Alban (1957), Hugo Weaving (1960), and Muhammadu Buhari (1942). After him are Fela Kuti (1938), Tony Allen (1940), Sade (1959), Hakeem Olajuwon (1963), Usman dan Fodio (1754), Olusegun Obasanjo (1937), and Olaudah Equiano (1745).

Among WRITERS In Nigeria

Among writers born in Nigeria, Chinua Achebe ranks 2Before him are Wole Soyinka (1934). After him are Olaudah Equiano (1745), Amos Tutuola (1920), Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (1977), Flora Nwapa (1931), Buchi Emecheta (1944), Ben Okri (1959), Cyprian Ekwensi (1921), and Chris Abani (1966).