Nigerian author Chinua Achebe dies aged 82

  • Nigerian author Chinua Achebe passed away on Friday at the age of 82 after a brief illness.

    The Anambra state government in Nigeria first made the announcement about the writer and academic’s death.

    A statement released by his family said Achebe was "one of the great literary voices of his time".

    "He was also a beloved husband, father, uncle and grandfather, whose wisdom and courage are an inspiration to all who knew him. Professor Achebe's family requests privacy at this time."

    Achebe had been living in the United States since 1990 after a car crash left him paralyzed from the waist down and in a wheelchair.

    Regarded as one of Africa's best known authors, his 1958 debut novel Things Fall Apart, which looked at the impact of colonialism in Africa, has sold more than 10 million copies.

    He wrote more than 20 works, some of which were fiercely critical of the political scene in his homeland.