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The Exit of An Icon: Renowned Nigerian Novelist Professor Chinua Achebe Dies at 82



Nigeria has lost an icon.

Chinua Achebe, the renowned novelist, poet, and author of the classic novel, ‘Things Fall Apart‘ has passed on.

He died a the age of 82 last night at a hospital in Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.A.

Premium Times reports that Professor Achebe had been suffering from an undisclosed ailment for some time.

He was the author of some highly influential books including Arrow of God, No Longer at Ease, Anthills of the Savannah, and A man of the People and received several international awards for his works. His latest book, ‘There Was a Country‘, was an autobiography on his experiences and views of the civil war.

Until his death, he was the David and Mariana Fisher Professor of Literature at Brown University.

May his soul Rest In Peace.

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  1. omotee

    March 22, 2013 at 12:15 pm

    RIP SIR.

  2. Kenny

    March 22, 2013 at 12:19 pm

    Whaooo, God in your mercy, may you accept the soul of this great man in your kingdom. Truly, he’s a great man and i read his book “THINGS FALL APART”

  3. jcsgrl

    March 22, 2013 at 12:21 pm

    Hmnn RIP Sir! He’s my father’s age…going to call Dad and tell him I love him

  4. nene onubedo

    March 22, 2013 at 12:23 pm

    Rest in peace icon

  5. Mary

    March 22, 2013 at 12:25 pm

    RIP. U̶̲̥̅̊. W̶̲̥̅ƹr truly an Icon.

  6. Chyke

    March 22, 2013 at 12:37 pm

    RIP Sir. May God bless your soul. We Nigerians will forever remember you. God pls protect Wale Soyinka.

    • Ms lala

      March 22, 2013 at 1:19 pm

      i was just about to write the same thing

    • OH WELL

      March 22, 2013 at 2:37 pm

      Unfortunately, the Prof. does not believe in God.

    • jyde

      March 23, 2013 at 1:01 pm

      Thats where youre wrong,he does believe in god.Only his god doesnt have blue eyes,blond hair and he/she isnt called jesus.

  7. bobo

    March 22, 2013 at 12:38 pm

    RIP proffessor, you were indeed a gift to humanity….may the lord comfort his family as they go through this irreplacable loss…

  8. Tincan

    March 22, 2013 at 12:43 pm

    Oh no! Rest in peace, great icon.

  9. Linus

    March 22, 2013 at 12:51 pm

    RIP Albert Chínụ̀álụmọ̀gụ̀ Àchèbé, 16 November 1930 – 21 March 2013

  10. Landon

    March 22, 2013 at 12:58 pm


  11. elleven45

    March 22, 2013 at 1:00 pm


  12. practical girl

    March 22, 2013 at 1:04 pm

    A rare gem is gone…may his soul rest in peace

  13. Kingsley Aristo

    March 22, 2013 at 1:04 pm

    May his soul rest in perfect peace.

  14. ucylo

    March 22, 2013 at 1:15 pm

    I wish I had the opportunity to meet Chinualumogu. . . Loved you so so much

  15. Ms lala

    March 22, 2013 at 1:18 pm

    am heartbroken…i remember explaining “Things Fall Apart” to my classmates in college. I felt so proud to be from the same tribe as the character and i felt some kind of honor explaining the reasons why Okonkwo killed himself to my foreign classmates..I got my first A in english because of him..RIP this man is a true legend. His works are just unbelievable. I schooled in cali and almost every student on campus knew about him and his works and that was my first shock. I KNOW HE IS IN A GOOD PLACE. mehn am really bombed!!!!!!

  16. ?

    March 22, 2013 at 1:25 pm

    I know it will happen some day,but never it this soon! My mentor!simply irreplacable!

  17. Tyna

    March 22, 2013 at 1:34 pm

    RIP Great man. He has taught us a lot about ourselves. I am proud of your legacy. You were fearless, honest and full of integrity. May your family have the strength to bear this great lose. Chinua Achebe, “Things fall apart & the centre cannot hold”. I do not forget.

  18. Audrey

    March 22, 2013 at 1:43 pm

    May his soul rest in perfect peace.

  19. Trendiest

    March 22, 2013 at 1:48 pm

    Am sure he lived a good life..Rest In Peace Sir

  20. Peachy_mo

    March 22, 2013 at 1:53 pm

    His name is Wole Soyinka* early this month, Chimamanda wrote a piece in commemoration of his 82nd birthday and she critiqued, analyzed and commented his Book; There Was A Country but some comments where so harsh and directed at him personally. I hope you’re at peace now since some said he should go and sleep, relax and rest. Well he is now sleeping, relaxing and resting in the bosom of the Lord. while you’re still awake, hustling and working hard, remember to find your path and live it to the best of God’s consent. I studied Chinua Achebe like a specimen in all levels of my education and I respect his simplicity& wisdom. He will forever be remembered. May God grant him Aljanat Firidaus (Amin)

  21. Yogurt

    March 22, 2013 at 2:01 pm

    Things have truly fallen apart. Sleep on Chinualumogu.


    March 22, 2013 at 2:16 pm

    “What is modesty but inverted pride?” ~ Chinua Achebe
    “One of the truest tests of integrity is its blunt refusal to be compromised.” ~Chinua Achebe

    Adieu Sir!!! You are a true definition of intergrity and intelectual

  23. kookaburra

    March 22, 2013 at 2:19 pm

    And to think I was just reading ‘There was a country’ when I heard the news, I’ll take it as a tribute to a man that’s inspired the literary creativity in me. R.I.P Chinua Achebe.

  24. Banks

    March 22, 2013 at 2:23 pm


  25. luqman

    March 22, 2013 at 2:26 pm

    Respect to the man that had seen it all!

  26. alice

    March 22, 2013 at 2:32 pm

    RIP sir just rounding up his book (there was a Country)so sad ure no more ure i really liked ure views politically nd ure great writing style …greet my mum for me……onwu ehhhhhhhhhhh

  27. Changing Faces

    March 22, 2013 at 2:35 pm

    Rest in peace nwoke oma…. You are irreplaceable

  28. ndife queen

    March 22, 2013 at 2:35 pm

    Albert chinualumogu achebe,rest in d bossom of d almighty God.U were indeed a rare gem.I’ ll miss u like seriously

  29. Afrik Lounge Radio

    March 22, 2013 at 2:38 pm

    Rest in Peace…

  30. kemi

    March 22, 2013 at 2:40 pm

    This is so sad..he was a great man, may his soul rest in peace..see more details here

  31. Mz Socially Awkward...

    March 22, 2013 at 3:00 pm

    How very sad, I pray his last moments were peaceful. A great writer that defined African literature for his generations and many more to come – reading his books a young age opened my mind to the richness of my culture and was very instrumental in shaping my awareness of the “African identity”. May he rest in the bosom of The Lord.

  32. taiwo

    March 22, 2013 at 3:16 pm

    May your soul rest in perfect peace.

  33. Stella Kashmoney

    March 22, 2013 at 3:52 pm

    Rest in perfect peace sir. So sad.

  34. Inebaby

    March 22, 2013 at 4:12 pm

    Rest in Peace!!!

  35. Na wa

    March 22, 2013 at 4:13 pm

    Truly was an icon.RIP

  36. shenny

    March 22, 2013 at 5:23 pm

    Chinua Achebe is a legend; I loved lit-in-english in second skl cos of his books. RIP

  37. Demmy

    March 22, 2013 at 5:25 pm

    May he rest in peace x

  38. O

    March 22, 2013 at 6:23 pm

    If na wedding or yeye fashion topic like who slept with who over a hundred comments, a legend is gone! He wrote from our true stories not the white mans depiction, he made me understand what life was like before the missionaries and colonial masters yet anyway the black race is like this ……concerned only about materialism and not the brain

  39. Slimgirl

    March 22, 2013 at 6:28 pm

    RIP Sir. I feel so heart broken. You definitely left your footprints on the sands of time. You would be sorely missed.

  40. charlie

    March 22, 2013 at 6:38 pm

    rip legend

  41. hugkisshi5

    March 22, 2013 at 7:36 pm

    What a heart breaking piece of news… All my respect to an incorruptible and wise legend.. Rest in peace sir.

  42. Deedee

    March 22, 2013 at 8:02 pm

    Adieu Sir, a rare gem is gone, RIP Chinua Achebe…….

  43. Creamy_Amie

    March 22, 2013 at 9:39 pm

    Rest in Peace Sir!

  44. Chinedu

    March 22, 2013 at 9:46 pm

    Every Nigerian owes a debt of gratitude to Prof Chinua Achebe. His work and legacy will outlive us all. I pray that Chineke gives him the peace he deserves.

  45. omoibo

    March 23, 2013 at 1:58 am

    R.I.P Sir 🙁

  46. NNENNE

    March 23, 2013 at 2:01 am

    I was privileged to read Things Fall Apart twice…in an English class in High school and sociology class in college in New York.
    Sleep on. Great one!

  47. deka

    March 23, 2013 at 3:25 am

    Rest In Peace TRUE LEGEND…….. Chinualumogu Achebe…….There was a country….

  48. Julius

    March 23, 2013 at 3:42 am

    I use to admire his person and character but, when he made some statement about the war I felt him back lashing his colleagues whom have departed this horrible world of ours.
    Everyone will agree with me that he is one of the best authors that Africa have produced; for that I say RIP Sir. We will forever miss you.

  49. temtem

    March 23, 2013 at 5:04 am

    Rest in Peace Pa Chinua Achebe…’Things Fall Apart” was/still my favorite African novel of all time! #sniffs

  50. Pd

    March 23, 2013 at 10:35 am

    Rest in peace ,Sir.

  51. Chiney

    March 23, 2013 at 10:37 pm

    I read The Trouble with Nigeria, There Was A Country, Anthills of The Savannah and Things Fall Apart. I intend to add A Man of The People and other works of his to the list. Chinua Achebe was a great man indeed. Nwoke Ike! His books gave my identity as a Nigerian a whole new meaning and for that, I am eternally grateful. Rest on Sir!

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