Today.com: Nigerian novelist and poet Chinua Achebe, whose 1958 novel “Things Fall Apart” addressed colonialism on African society, has died.
Achebe’s breakthrough novel focused on the clash between Western and traditional values. It told the story of colonialism for the first time from an African perspective, and has sold more than 10 million copies and been translated into more than 50 languages.
Nelson Mandela has credited Achebe for bringing “Africa to the rest of the world” and called him “the writer in whose company the prison walls came down.”
Photo: Author Chinua Achebe outside his home at Ogidi, eastern Nigeria, in 1999. (AFP/Getty Images file)