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 3,065,182 page views. His biography is available in 81 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 77 in 2019). Chinua Achebe is the 1,183rd most popular writer (down from 1,157th in 2019), the 5th most popular biography from Nigeria and the 2nd most popular Writer.

Achebe is most famous for his novel Things Fall Apart.

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Among writers, Chinua Achebe ranks 1,183 out of 5,755Before him are Léon Bloy, Elsa Triolet, Sophia Tolstaya, Léon Werth, Adolfo Bioy Casares, and Louis de Rouvroy, duc de Saint-Simon. After him are Arthur Hailey, Matteo Bandello, Tove Ditlevsen, Antarah ibn Shaddad, Kassia, and Edith Södergran.

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Among people born in 1930, Chinua Achebe ranks 80Before him are Sonia Rykiel, Gaafar Nimeiry, Ben Gazzara, Buck Henry, Michel Serres, and Zhores Alferov. After him are Omara Portuondo, Irinej, Serbian Patriarch, Pavel Popovich, Michal Kováč, Sonny Rollins, and Mario Adorf. Among people deceased in 2013, Chinua Achebe ranks 53Before him are Manfred Rommel, J. J. Cale, Princess Lilian, Duchess of Halland, Tadeusz Mazowiecki, Hiroshi Yamauchi, and Sara Montiel. After him are Richard Ramirez, John Cornforth, James Avery, Henri Dutilleux, James Gandolfini, and Abdul Rahim Hatif.

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In Nigeria

Among people born in Nigeria, Chinua Achebe ranks 5 out of 236Before him are Hugo Weaving (1960), Wole Soyinka (1934), Muhammadu Buhari (1942), and Dr. Alban (1957). After him are Fela Kuti (1938), Sade (1959), Usman dan Fodio (1754), Olaudah Equiano (1745), Hakeem Olajuwon (1963), Olusegun Obasanjo (1937), and Jay-Jay Okocha (1973).

Among WRITERS In Nigeria

Among writers born in Nigeria, Chinua Achebe ranks 2Before him are Wole Soyinka (1934). After him are Olaudah Equiano (1745), Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (1977), Amos Tutuola (1920), Flora Nwapa (1931), Buchi Emecheta (1944), Ben Okri (1959), Cyprian Ekwensi (1921), Chris Abani (1966), and Sefi Atta (1964).