by Tolu Orekoya
‘Things Fall Apart’ is one of Africa’s most celebrated novels, renowned for its skillful plotting, depth of characters and its revelatory story of cultural conflict between traditional Igbo culture and Christianity. It is considered Chinua Achebe’s magnum opus, his finest work to date and has been listed as by website Super Scholar as one of the ‘50 Most Influential Books of the Last 50 (or so) Years‘.
They said of the novel, “as the most widely read book in contemporary African literature, focuses on the clash of colonialism, Christianity, and native African culture.”
Other books on the list include Douglas Adams’ sci-fi gem ‘Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Alex Haley’s slavery masterpiece ‘Roots’, J.K. Rowlings’ children’s (and many an adult’s) favourite ‘Harry Potter’ and many more.