Chinua Achebe, Nigerian-born novelist died on Friday at 82. (Craig Ruttle/Associated Press)
Nigerian author Chinua Achebe, best known for his landmark 1958 novel Things Fall Apart, passed away on Friday at the age of 82 after a short illness. In honour of his memory, we've put together a list of things you need to know about the father of modern African literature.
Five Important Facts About Chinua Achebe
1. His full birth name was Albert Chinualumogu Achebe.
2.Things Fall Apart was the first African novel to be taught in African secondary schools.
3. Achebe moved to the US in 1990 after becoming paralysed from the waist down as a result of a car accident.
4. In both 2004 and 2011, Nigeria tried to award Achebe the Commander of the Federal Republic (the country's second highest honour), but Achebe declined in protest of the Nigerian political situation.
5. Among the many honours Achebe did accept are the Man Booker International Award and the Medal of Honor for Literature, both in 2007.
Listen to Achebe's 1994 conversation with Eleanor Wachtel from Writers & Company: