Google Honours Chinua Achebe's 87th Birthday (See Photos)

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Google Celebrates Chinua Achebe's 87th Birthday (See Photos): It is amazing how this man has made a remarkable reputation to Nigeria, Africa and the world at large. Today Google doodle honours this great novelist Chinua Achebe's 87th Birthday.

Google Honours Chinua Achebe's 87th Birthday (See Photos)

Achebe’s influence on African literature is inestimable. He’s been described as the “father of modern African literature” with novels which projected Nigerian and African culture globally at a time when much of the continent was freshly free from the shackles of colonialism. The literary icon passed away March 2013 in the United States of America, aged 82.

Google Honours Chinua Achebe's 87th Birthday

Chinua Achebe born Albert Chinụalụmọgụ Achebe; 16 November 1930 – 21 March 2013) was a Nigerian novelist, poet, professor, and critic. His first novel Things Fall Apart (1958), often considered his best, is the most widely read book in modern African literature. He won the Man Booker International Prize in 2007.

At the age of 12, Achebe moved away from his family to the village of Nekede, four kilometres from Owerri. He enrolled as a student at the Central School, where his older brother John taught. In Nekede, Achebe gained an appreciation for Mbari, a traditional art form that seeks to invoke the gods' protection through symbolic sacrifices in the form of sculpture and collage.

Google doodle honours Chinua Achebe

He would later suggest the name for the Mbari Writers and Artists Club that was founded in Ibadan by Ulli Beier and others in 1961.) When the time came to change to secondary school, in 1944, Achebe sat entrance examinations for and was accepted at both the prestigious Dennis Memorial Grammar School in Onitsha and the even more prestigious Government College in Umuahia

Also, Born Albert Chinụalụmọgụ Achebe, 16 November 1930 Ogidi, Nigeria Protectorate and Died 21 March 2013 (aged 82) Boston, Massachusetts, United States Resting place Ogidi, Anambra, Nigeria.

Source: Wikipedia

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