Chinua Achebe Honoured With Google Doodle

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Late Nigerian author, Chinua Achebe has been honoured with a Google doodle to mark what would have been his 87th birthday.

Doodles are changes made to the Google logo to celebrate holidays, anniversaries, and the lives of famous people

Considered as one of the greatest African writers of his generation, Achebe’s best-known novel Things Fall Apart is one of the most read books in the world and has been translated into more than 50 languages, with over 10 million copies sold, according to The Economist.

Achebe, also considered as the father of modern African literature, was born on November 15, 1930, in Ogidi in Eastern Nigeria.

His other novels include No Longer at Ease; Arrow of God and A Man of the People.

He also published collections of short stories, children books poems and influential essays.

Achebe won The Man Booker International Prize in 2007 and the Commonwealth Poetry Prize for his collection, Christmas in Biafra.

Achebe, who wrote novels that showed Nigerians as complex characters, died on March 21 2013, at 82 years following a car accident in 1990 which confined him to a wheelchair.

This forced him to move to the United States, where he said he could get best medical attention.

Before his death, Achebe rejected Nigerian national honours twice — first in 2004, and later in 2011.

“For some time now I have watched events in Nigeria with alarm and dismay,” Achebe wrote in 2004.

“I have watched particularly the chaos in my own state of Anambra where a small clique of renegades, openly boasting its connections in high places, seems determined to turn my homeland into a bankrupt and lawless fiefdom.

"I am appalled by the brazenness of this clique and the silence, if not connivance, of the presidency … Nigeria’s condition today under your watch is, however, too dangerous for silence. I must register my disappointment and protest by declining to accept the high honour awarded me in the 2004 honours list.”

  • Bright Bassey

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