Chinua Achebe's Writings and Nigeria

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Final For years, authors have influenced by real world events and culture. Chinua Achebe is no exception to these influences. His writing has been effected by both history and politics. As Achebe himself stated: “Stories serve the purpose of consolidating whatever gains people or their leaders have made or imagine they have made in their existing journey through the world.” Chinua Achebe’s literature works were greatly impacted by the historical, political, and socio-economical occurrences in Nigeria. Chinua Achebe was born on November 16th, 1930 as Albert Chinualumogu Achebe in Ogidi, Nigeria. He attended the Government College in Umuahia and graduated from University College, Ibadan having studied history and theology. He rejected his name for an indigenous one after having developed an interest in indigenous Nigerian culture. Achebe was a founder of a Nigerian literary movement in the 1950s. He published Things Fall Apart in 1959. It was a response to other novels that depicted Africa as primordial and cultureless. Achebe was able to illustrate religion, race, and culture amongst other topics from both African and European viewpoints due to his English education and European exposure. Things Fall Apart was to be a responds to the colonial accounts of Africa, therefore the book took a political standing. Many of his novels address the post-colonial social and political issues that Nigeria still faces. Achebe was considered the father of modern African literature. He was also an essayist and English literature professor at Bard College located in New York as well as the University of Nigeria. For over a decade, Achebe worked for the Nigerian Broadcasting Company. He founded a publishing company in 1971 and a bilingual magazine called Uwa ndi Igbo in 1984. Since the 1960s, Achebe has been active in Nigerian politics. Civil Peace was written by Chinua Achebe. The
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