by Chi Ibe
The rumours have swirled over the past two hours, and apparently confirmed by two major online media – Chinua Achebe, the writer almost synonymous with Nigerian literature has passed on.
YNaija has frantically tried to confirm this news from family and associates, but many of them have either refused to speak or asked us to wait for an official statement.
“It is death,” said a Uk-based writer who has worked closely with Achebe over the past decade, but who asked not to be named. “It is not something one speaks of flippantly. Call me back in two hours.”
Another family member however confirmed it. “I have been on the line with (his son, requested not to be named)”, said his niece who pleaded anonymity when we spoke to her at 10.35. “And yes it is true, he is dead. He has been I’ll for a while, and so this was kind of anticipated. It is still sad.”
We will continue to monitor developments.