Mayor Vincent C. Gray expresses his condolences to the District’s African community, and literary enthusiasts all over the world over the death of renowned Nigerian author, poet & professor, Chinua Achebe. Widely known as the “Father of African Literature,” Achebe, 82, died on March 21st in a Boston, Massachusetts hospital after suffering from a brief, undisclosed illness. He is best known for his game-changing novel, Things Fall Apart, published in 1958. With more than 12 million copies in 50 different languages sold, the critically acclaimed novel is a classic of world literature and is the most widely-read book in modern African literature.
“Along with the District’s African community and the entire world, I grieve the passing of Chinua Achebe,” said Mayor Gray. “His respected legacy will be the young writers he inspires to tell their stories for future generations to enjoy.”
Achebe was the author of more than 20 books, and celebrated worldwide for telling African stories to a captive audience. His stories, cited for having inspired many African writers to begin writing, often included proverbs and addressed complex issues of African identity, nationalism and decolonization. His final book, There was a Country, was published late last year.
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