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Friday, 22 March 2013

Foremost novelist Professor Chinua Achebe dies at 82

Novelist, poet, professor, critic and the author of the most widely read book in African literature (Things Fall Apart) professor Chinua Achebe, has passed on. Professor Achebe died last night March 21 in a hospital in Boston, Massachusetts. He had been ill for a while. He was 82 years old.

The legend has gone home. May his soul rest in peace...Amen.

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Willow( The Real) said...

Papa Achebe, Rest In Peace.

smallbutMIGHTY said...

may his gentle soul rest in perfect peace.

Duke Emeka said...

RIP sir, But your forever young because you works especially things fall apart will always remain evergreen. You've left you print in the sands of time.

Anonymous said...

OMG,dis is so sad!obadare too is dead,though they re both old bt dey impacted greatly in dis nation.dey'll b missed!RIP sirs

Anonymous said...

RIP sir!

Anonymous said...

rest in peace prof. chinua achebe. a great man indeed!

Anonymous said...

So sad, may his Soul Rest in Peace.

Anonymous said...

R.I.P

Anonymous said...

RIP SIR1 ALWAYS RESPECTED YOU! HIPSY!

Anonymous said...

Rest in peace great man. Your legacy will definitely leave on. You will be dearly missed.

BONARIO NNAGS said...

Tragedy has befallen the land.
The great Iroko has fallen.
The Eagle on the Iroko is dead.
Chi ewelu anyasi jie.

RIP Chinualum ogu Achebe. naa nke oma Iru dike.

~BONARIO~says so via NOKIA3310

Anonymous said...

Amen!

Amy amu said...

May his soul Rest in Peace... Amy Amu

Anonymous said...

May his soul rest in peace. He was a great author, a very good story teller.

Anonymous said...

Rest in peace great man. Your legacy will definitely leave on. You will be dearly missed.

Coda(25A2ABA1) said...

R.I.P sir I'm so speech...was just with the grand daughter few days ago b4 she left for d U.S

Anonymous said...

A gentle warrior has gone home to rest,may his soul rest in peace.

nwamaka said...

May his soul rest in peace.He was a great man and writer.His kind is becoming extinct in Nigeria

Play online games said...

Rip. He came he saw and he conquered now he has gone home.

Anonymous said...

Aww goodnight sir

Anonymous said...

RIP Prof Achebe,i read your "There was a country" some days back and am still in awe!We can't mourn you,we celebrate you.Kaiy

Anonymous said...

Rest in Peace sir

Anonymous said...

Rest In Peace sir!!!An Icon & legeng of our time.

Anonymous said...

Thank God for a life well spent!!! RIP prof..............

Ade Adebanjo esq said...

R.I.P. Prof

Bling said...

RIP the great prof

Eugenia Ekeji said...

Rest in Peace τ̣̣ђё great Man of τ̣̣ђё Iroko.

Anonymous said...

RIP

Anonymous said...

Rest in Peace sir

Anonymous said...

May his soul rest in perfect peace

Anonymous said...

Things hav fallen apart,and d centre will no longer hold....RIP to an astute gentle man and a man of integrity.

kissinem said...

One man i so respected. I'm glad u lived a fulfilled life. Rip Sire! Ur works live on...

Tunsweet said...

RIP

Anonymous said...

Achebe the great writer what a great loss RIP baba

dolf said...

D best time 4 a man 2 die is wen he dies,RIP prof

★★PRINCE CHARMING™★★ said...

The Iroko has fallen!! The Eagle On the Iroko, is gone to the great beyond. What a colossal loss to the nation, what a loss to Africa. R.I.P sir.

Ms Pee! said...

The great icon lives on! May the soul of the departed thru the mercy of God rest in peace!

Tunsweet said...

RIP

Anonymous said...

RIP

GALORE said...

wow....RIP Legend.

winnyzinteriors-Great furniture deals!!! click to check us out/visit our showroom! said...

Chinualum ogu...what a name! What a man! Things have really fallen apart!

Jee nke oma ooo

Anonymous said...

RIP the Great Iroko!!! We will surely miss him..adieu!

Anonymous said...

Nawa o, this his generation don dey go. You were indeed a great man, RIP.

missmallodebbie said...

Rest in peace with the Lord sir!

Cynthia Amadi said...

Oh! Our Literary father is gone.
I enjoyed studying his style as an English major at the University.
RIP.

Anonymous said...

An ICON indeed! Rest in peace!

Jae said...

I hated the fact that I had to cram your books for literature in secondary school but as I got older I appreciated and understood your works. RIP a true legend of moral values and standards.

Anonymous said...

Soft said

We are why loosing public figures this year this first half of the year? 2013 may it bring joy to my life IJN Amen.. May his gentle soul rest in peace.

Anonymous said...

A great man indeed! Rest in peace Chinua Achebe. Your works will remain.

winnyzinteriors-Great furniture deals!!! click to check us out/visit our showroom! said...

Ebubedike!!!! You sojourned well sir! My father's age mate. God rest his soul. Amen

Anonymous said...

A pillar has gone.Rest in peace

biko said...

Rest in peace sweetie God bless you. You changed literature for me I will always love u

IVORY CHI said...

RIP PROFESSOR!!!!!!


SUCH AN ICON...SUCH A RESPECTABLE MAN

YOUR LATEST BOOK IS SUCH AN ARTISTIC PIECE OF WORK....TRULY YOUR MIND IS BEYOND GREAT


YOU HAVE GONE HOME TO YOUR MAKER


WELLL DONE....FOR YOU DID VERY WELL HERE ON EARTH.


GOD BLESS YOU AND YOUR FAMILY

Anonymous said...

Sooo sad,thank heavens he released the book "There was a country" RIP CHINUA ACHEBE

Anonymous said...

RIP

Ms Pee! said...

The great icon lives on! May the soul of the departed thru the mercy of God rest in peace!

Anonymous said...

Why display ur pin???wetin u dey find? Ashawo kobo kobo! Desperate hustler

Utonwa said...

Salute to an African hero!
Salute to the creator of The Igbo Legend Okonkwo...
Salute to nwa_afo Igbo
ya Gazielu gi
R.I.P

TM Gen said...

Achebe RIP. You wud forever be in our memories.

Bridget Abanum said...

My greatest hero has gone home words which i cannot express right now.......... tears!

Anonymous said...

Rest with God, Things Fall Apart will forever remain one of the brightest points of my childhood. Adieu Chinua Achebe...

Anonymous said...

He was great RIP papa

genevieve nnaji said...


The legend has gone home. May his soul rest in
peace...Amen.

Eya Ayambem said...

When The Center Cannot Hold, We See Things Falling Apart.
Rest In Peace.

Anonymous said...

Holy Spirit lead him Home R.I.P..Amen

Anonymous said...

Things have fallen apart, the center can not hold! RIP to a literary luminary... Ur life was an inspiration.

elle said...

May his gentle soul RIP.Amen

Anonymous said...

Amen!

Amaogechukwu said...

Rest in Peace Pa Chinualumogu Achebe...... you works live on.

CHERISH CHUKS said...

Ewo............rest in d bosom of d Lord mr legend. Chi lugidere gi ogu for 82yrs.

Anonymous said...

RIP

Hauwa said...

Thins ve really fallen apart! RIP!

Eya Ayambem said...

When The Center Cannot Hold, We See Things Falling Apart.
Rest In Peace.

Julius Getwise said...

Nigerians re very good in writing RIP.

Anonymous said...

May his sould rest in peace,he was a great man.

Anonymous said...

Awww!can't help feeling sad. U will forever be in our hearts. Rest in peace sir.

Anonymous said...

The centre can no longer hold.............. Rest in Ρєα¢є Chinua Achebe! #RESPECT

Lisa J said...

I'm from Tanzania and salute this gentleman,I read no longer at easy n things fall apart in English literature subject when I was form and form respectively.R.I.P Achebe!

Hearty giveaway said...

May his soul rest in peace

Lisa J said...

sorry at Ease

Melvina Owoh said...

Nigeria has lost another icon... RIP sir!

Anonymous said...

A literally and a great man has just passed on, we will missed you, you have an indelible mark on the sands of time, adeu Prof.

MY TURN said...

A legend goes home.May his poetic soul RIP.

Anonymous said...

rest in peace papa achebe

chiamy N said...

Rest in Peace... One of a kind

Anonymous said...

hes NOT DEAD!

Glamprincess Ammy said...

The Iroko has fallen!!!Adieu Pa Chinua Achebe..

Arifayan Ayolekan said...

RIP Chinua Achebe u were a blessing to ur generation. But you have a lot to settle with Awolowo when u get to heaven on the purported role you claimed he played in the Nigeria civil war of 1973 in ur book "there was a country". There is no doubt that the book is so tribalistic in both content, nature and character..You, Ojukwu, Awolowo & other veterans of d civil war have a lot scores to settle in ur eternal country

Anonymous said...

Sir,though ur gone but ur still forever in our hearts.thank u for telling the truth to the world about the civil war before u pass on.we are forever greatful

Micah said...

R.I.P sir

CHINEDU EZEOMA DIKE said...

stil cant understand whats hapening,chinua gone,obadare too gone.God u only kno y,but dis arent d guys we want dead.we want dis BH sponsors nd dia cohorts dead,not inpactful nigerians.RIP

Glamprincess Ammy said...

The Iroko has fallen!!!Adieu Pa Chinua Achebe..

Anonymous said...

May God forgive his sins and grant him eternal rest, he's one of the greatest people to have ever lived :(

noblenenye said...

Adieu Prof Achebe and may God grant your soul eternal rest in his bossom. Amen.

Anonymous said...

Rest In d Bosom of d Most high, til we meet again!

Anonymous said...

Goodnight Sir! Jee nke oma

Anonymous said...

My mentor had gone

TOLUWALASHE'S BOO said...

R.I.P Chinua Achebe. A great man you were.... Maybe you'd have the chance to ask Awolowo the truth about the Civil war now. (Insult me and die of Goitre.)

Anonymous said...

Its not all about the money, its more about the value - Prof. Achebe you were a priceless gift to humanity especially to we Africans. May GOD rest your soul.

Anonymous said...

An Iroko has fallen amongst the writers. One not carried away by the false pretences of corrupt govts and proved his displeasure by refusing to come Home and receive awards of excellence that He truly deserved. You now come home in a casket . Chei!!! NIGERIA, It Is Well!! RIP Sir.Laaaa N'udooo.

Anonymous said...

May your good works continue to be a reference that our leaders would copy. R.I.P

confessor said...

Great Canon of his Tyme! The 20th Century is really Fading away and the 21th Century has Nothin 2 Offer!#TearDrops# who will teach us

All our kids/youths want 2 do now is dance 2 azonto and ur waist+ ping all day...smh

Anonymous said...

Things has fallen apart and the center can no longer hold. What a miss. RIP The great writer.

Anonymous said...

RIP Prof....

chinedu mgbemena said...

rest in peace prof

John Ota said...

R.I.P ur legacy wil alwys lingers on.

Ugochukwu Nwachukwu said...

What a great lost. No amount of tears can express our feelings but we thank God for giving u grace to fulfil ur purpose here on earth. You will always be remembered. Rest in peace my hero.

Anonymous said...

Rest in peace sir. still wonder y dose boko haram guys are still alive sha na God sabi ermm linda post it ooooo if not i will break dat ur rihanna forehead

Debbie said...

Rest in Peace Sir Achebe.
Ehen Linda you haven't said anything about the story concerning Rev Chris Kpakpovwe of Our Daily Manna impregnating his Secretary. I heard it's a lie and that the lady Flora is his wife of 13years. Infact her name is Flora Ejiro Kpakpovwe.
Plz don't be like CNN that'll show U d slum in Lagos but refuse to come back and c the change Fashola has brought. Learn from Al Jazeera.

Homepage said...

Things Have Fallen Apart . This Is One Of my most respected Nigerians of all time . A great man has gone home . Rest In Peace Sir !

Anonymous said...

rest in peace pa ACHEBE....

Anonymous said...

I came to appreciate u when my colleagues from Senegal and Benin said that "Things fall apart" was the first English literature they were taught and asked to read in school. Adieu great man

Anonymous said...

Professor Achebe u re a vilain.tnk God for a life well spent.RIP.

Anonymous said...

RIP SIR

Anonymous said...

One of Nigeria's finest has passed on! Adieu Pa Chinua!

Anonymous said...

The iroko has fallen in the forest of african literature. Adieu Prof! Your footprints in the sands of time and African Literature are sure indelible. RIP.

Nguseer said...

A prolific writer you where. You live on through your literature. May your soul be with the Lord.

Anonymous said...

R.I.P son of biafra you will forever remain in history #UNcorruptleader

Abisola Lawson said...

may his soul RIP!

Anonymous said...

RIP sir!!!
Your legacy will forever be remembered on the sand of time!!!!!!'
Sleep well SIR!

kelegoldmind said...

The Best and Brightest Story-Teller from this part of the world and beyond, Rest in Peace, You really made a mark in the literary world! ...Adieu!

Anonymous said...

Ebullient Chinua Achebe, Architect of titillating tales. Your demise is like a library set ablaze. Rest well our own Shakespeare!

Anonymous said...

RIP Sir.

Apple said...

A very great man has passed on..Rest in peace baba..

chisom said...

Rip!great one.

King Izu said...

There was a Country, There was a man, there was a life, there was a call even to greater life and my Prof Achebe has answered the call. we celebrate you and will forever do. move on to where dreams come true, where there is no pain, where your crown will be of pure Gold. rest in Peace, Papa.

Nguseer said...

A prolific writer you where. You live on through your literature. May your soul be with the Lord.

Wole Soyinka said...

The Man Died :(

Anonymous said...

Things fall apart and the center can no longer hold. Rest in peace........

Anonymous said...

rip

Anonymous said...

Big Goat!

Jayy said...

A figure like you can never be replaced. #Nigeria will forever miss you, #the Nigerian academia salutes

Anonymous said...

He fought so hard to eliminate ethnic politics in Nigeria, don't accuse him because he is no more. Read the book again.

Onakachi said...

Naija has lost a treasure. May his soul rest in peace.

Onakachi.blogspot.com

Anonymous said...

An Elephant has fallen. The Iroko has collapsed. The Eagle has departed. Good night, Professor Chinua Achebe...

Anonymous said...

Sunre O, Oluko Agba...

Anonymous said...

nna anyi ijeoma, RIP sir, a great light has been extinguished ,but your spark will light up a generation.
@arifayan ayolekan,have you actually read the book at all,kindly read it first before coming out to post such" There is no doubt that the book is so tribalistic in both content, nature and character ",p.s the war was from 1967 to 1970,not 1973,

Anonymous said...

A great man.

Anonymous said...

Rest in Peace Pa Achebe....

NEKS said...

I've been speechless and moist-eyed ever since I heard this news. Nigeria has lost a great icon and an irreplaceable literary giant. In a country where few good books are in existence,I mourn not just your loss but our fate.

You will be sorely missed Sir,I never met you but your works impacted me even much more than some people I have met one on one.

Will be whipping out Things Fall Apart 2 read one more time and 2 convince myself that though you are dead,your works live on,and that is what counts the most,the fact that the winds will not be able to wipe out the footprints you left in the sands of time.

Adieu Papa,Adieu Great One.

Anonymous said...

The great masquerade has taken the homeward dance......RIP
Chinualumogu Achebe Lives on.
ONEA...

rasheed taorheed said...

R.I.p papa achiebe

Nekky said...

RIP great man.

Anonymous said...

may his soul rest in peace...amen.

Anonymous said...

The pillar of African Writing finally goes to rest with our ancestors. May his soul rest in eternal peace.

Anonymous said...

omgggg my hero is gone..rest in peace papa

Anonymous said...

May His Lengendary Soul Rest In Perfect peace. I Salute You Sir. D.Y.

bellani said...

RIP SIR :-(

bellani said...

RIP Sir :-(

Anonymous said...

May your gentle soul rest in perfect peace, u are a great man indeed

wenger02 said...

My role model,rest in peace master story teller.u wil always b in our memory.

Anonymous said...

Indeed a great icon home and abroad....

Was in the bus last week and saw a white lad reading his "Things fall Apart" was so impressed that his book was used in literature abroad.

You are a Pride Of NIgeria R:I:P.

Joy Chidinma said...

Rest On my African Hero!!!

Anonymous said...

I duff my hat for you sir...sleep well.

Funmilayo Alasela said...

May his soul rest in peace. Amen!

metche said...

Oh my God. May his soul Rest In Peace. Thank God for the legacy you left behind. You will be greatly missed

Gnon said...

Its so sad...the part that pains me most is when very knowledgeable people die,they go with all they have upstairs.And am sure our sick nation cant provide a single youth who knows as much and wants to do more...for me,am looking for money mehhhn.And so are you!!!

valushi said...

Sir rest in peace, you told the truth without mincing words.

Grandnumblog said...

Death must be crazy!

Anonymous said...

The rapture I see in life is good people passing away and evil people filling up their space and reducing their Aga#you know urself old man. RIP great icon

Lin

ayodele olaoluwa said...

pa,prof, chinua Achebe R.I.P the truth has gone in the country, d "iroko" may the lord console the family in jesus name Amen.......... Baba goes home!

Anonymous said...

May ur soul rest in peace sir...pls u gud men of nigeria dat r leavin up pls go nd fight d war 4 us,pls help us in makin nigeria a better country if it 2 tak d lifes of d wicked leaders so wat u pipo fought 4 wil cum 2 pass nd d of d country nd d gud men nd women wil enjoy wat u left on ground...

Anonymous said...

See d way gud men r celebrated cnt say dat 4 our leader...our leader shuld pls ff deir footstep

Anonymous said...

Lol @ am so speech!

Puffinnocent c said...

Puffinnocent Chukz
LETTER TO MR DEATH,
Sir,we the youth forum of Nigeria with due respect
hereby apply to a release of Professor Chinua
Achibe whom you took from his hospital bed in
USA last night. We are ready to exchange his life
with 7 personalities in Nigeria,namely; Chief
Obasanjo,Atiku Abubakar ,Babangida,Buhari,Bola
tinubu,Alamesighe,T.a orji(pls dnt reject dis
person),if you check and find out that these
persons are not worth his life pls let us know so
that we can include our serving president and
some northern governors as bonus,
Thanks in anticipation,hoping to hear from you
soon,
NB:pls tell prof that we are working hard to being
with him soon and we love him
Sign Youth Elite leader

Anonymous said...

Rest in peace sir......kris4christ

ayodele olaoluwa said...

R.I.P prof

Anonymous said...

I ordered for two copies of 'Things Fall Apart'(Hard cover) from WH Smith when I first came to the UK in 1999. And I gave them as gift to two of British friends.
Great writer! May his soul rest in peace. Amen.

JOEL ANYALEBECHI said...

Che!!! Arueme!!! A great iroko has fallen. Pa. Chinua why go now we need you the most? Who would feed the ever hungry poetic soldiers? What a shame. What a painful exit of an illustrous son. Pa Chinua may your soul rest in peace.
--Mazi Joel- says so via ipad

Anonymous said...

Rest well the Greatest African writter. May d Lord accept Ʊя̲̅ soul. You'l b greatly missed sir. RIP

JOEL ANYALEBECHI said...

Che!!! Arueme!!! A great iroko has fallen. Pa. Chinua why go now we need you the most? Who would feed the ever hungry poetic soldiers? What a shame. What a painful exit of an illustrous son. Pa Chinua may your soul rest in peace.
--Mazi Joel- says so via ipad

Just Me said...

RIP Professor!!!

Anonymous said...

Good point

IYAWO PASUMA said...

rip sir


iyawo paso

Anonymous said...

What a legend

Esty said...

He has really fought a worthy fight. RIP

Ayo Specie said...

Adieu Prof Chinua Achebe. Rest in the blossom of your creator. Thank you for not selling out to cheap national honors and awards.

Anonymous said...

And there was indeed 'never' a country! RIP. Gen yakubu gowon.

Aphrodite said...

An iroko of literature is down! The sound of his fall is reveberating through the forest. RIP Prof Albert chinua achebe.

Okechukwu Ibemere said...

Rest in peace Sir, Thank you for the wonderful memories and all those magical hours spent with your work...Jee nke oma.

Anonymous said...

R.I.P Prof
www.naijaopenmouth.com

Okechukwu Ibemere said...

Rest in peace Sir,...Thanks for all the wonderful memories and magical hours spent with your work. Jee nke oma.

Okechukwu Ibemere said...

Rest in peace Sir,...Thanks for all the wonderful memories and magical hours spent with your work. Jee nke oma.

Blood Money said...

Awwww..... may his soul rest in perfect peace.Amen. His legacy lives on!

Anonymous said...

I met prof Achebe in 2008. He came to my school for a reading.. Mr. Achebe you are a great man. A legend all over the world and you will be greatly missed. RIP....

Anonymous said...

am shocked. R.I.P prof Achebe

Anonymous said...

RIP ICON. YOU ARE WORTH CELEBRATING. NOT ALL DESE FORTUNATE RETARDED POLITICIANS THAT ARE KILLING THIS COUNTRY

Arifayan Ayolekan said...

Anonymous @12:16 thanks for calling my attention to the date of the civil war.. It was mistake the war was actually between 1969 and 1970.. As per Awo's part.... I've read the book thoroughly, no doubt about the finger pointed at Awolowo... I've as well read several critics of the book in d course of my studies.. Maybe u only read the book without giving a logical and critical interpretations. But practically an igbo man myt not digest the book the way we Yoruba myt. NB: am not attacking the great Prof and am not being tribalistic........ ¤Prof. Achebe has written his name in gold on the rock of history for the generation yet unborn to learn. GN Prof.

Anonymous said...

oh death where is thy sting! A Legend is gone! Your foots print can never be wiped away from this mother earth. Posterity will always hear your story. Fare thee well our Legend and hero!

nony nso said...

great man has passed..in deed things has fallen apart.. may ur soul rest in peace

Festus Obianwu said...

RIP PAPA

Eze Chukwumereze said...

We Nigerians just lost the truth, read most of his books and you will seee what I am talking about. 'There was a country' was a super classic. Nigeria is meant to be on the same level with UAE,Brazil and Singapore because we all started on the phase, but greed and corruption of past leaders didn't let this happen.RIP legend, you will forever remain THE TRUTH.

Lenedah said...

Oh no!! Another sage gone; another light out! Rest in peace, prof. Nigeria will never forget you.

Anonymous said...

I wrote Xam on his novel 2day (a man of de ppl). My his ganle soul rest in peace

Anonymous said...

. And the center can not hold! Rip to a very True Legend! Thank you for those wonderful books esp things fall apart.

Anonymous said...

Rest in peace. U ar foreva my hero.

Anonymous said...

WHEN LEADERS FALL. HEROS RISE-CHINUA ACHEBE
RIP SIR

nony nso said...

Jee nke oma ........

Anonymous said...

RIP GREAT MAN!!!! U LIVE ON.

Anonymous said...

RIP great sir. Thank you for your input

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