Nigerian writer Chinua Achebe, in what would have been his 87th birthday, is being celebrated as today’s Google Doodle.
Achebe, widely regarded as the father of modern African literature, published his first novel, “Things Fall Apart,” in 1958, the most widely read book in modern African literature which has been translated into over 50 languages.
Achebe went on to write 4 more novels – “No Longer at Ease” in 1960, “Arrow of God” in 1964, “A Man of the People” in 1966, and “Anthills of the Savannah” in 1987.
He was also a writer of short stories, authoring “Girls at War and Other Stories“ and editing “African Short Stories” and “The Heinemann Book of Contemporary African Short Stories.”
Achebe was known to be critical of how Africa was seen by the colonialists, his 1975 essay ‘An Image of Africa: Racism in Conrad’s “Heart of Darkness“‘ describing Joseph Conrad as “bloody racist.”
Achebe became paralysed from the waist down after an accident in Nigeria that made his car somersault.
He passed in 2013 at the age of 82.