Chinua Achebe, one of the world’s most celebrated writers and author of the classic novel Things Fall Apart, is dead.
Achebe, 82, died in the United States where he was said to have suffered from an undisclosed ailment.
Reports say the professor had been ill for a while and was hospitalised in an undisclosed hospital in Boston.
Achebe was the author of Things Fall Apart, published in 1958, and considered the most widely read book in modern African Literature. The book sold over 12 million copies and has been translated to over 50 languages worldwide.
Many of his other novels, including Arrow of God, No Longer at Ease, Anthills of the Savannah, and A man of the People, were equally influential as well.