by Hauwa Gambo
The British Broadcasting Corporation’s breaking news service has confirmed from officials of his home state Anambra that world renowned author and teacher, Chinua Achebe has died.
According to the report:
His home state of Anambra, in south-eastern Nigeria, was in mourning for its “illustrious son”, the spokesman, Mike Udah, said.
Mr Achebe, 82, was most famous for his ground breaking 1958 novel Things Fall Apart, which dealt with the impact of colonialism on African society.
He had been living in the US since 1990 following injuries from a car crash.
Things Fall Apart has sold more than 10 million copies – and has been translated into more than 50 languages.
It focuses on the traditions of Igbo society and the clash between Western and traditional values.
Mr Udah is the spokesman for Anambra state governor Peter Obi.
We will continue to monitor developments as the world mourns a rare gem.