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1 Biography Major Work African American Literature By Brian Moon

2  Achebe was born in Igbo village of Nneobi in November 16 th of 1930.  Achebe’s parents were culturally preservative but believed in Christianity.  The family moved to Isaiah Achebe's ancestral village of Ogidi.  He was educated by his father during his college life.

3  Igbo culture are the customs, practices and traditions of the Igbo people of southeastern Nigeria.  These customs and traditions include the Igbo people's visual art, music and dance forms, as well as their attire and languages.  Because of their various subgroups, the variety of their culture is heightened further.  they speak Igbo, which includes various Igboid languages and dialects  Before British colonialism, the Igbo were a politically fragmented group. Various subgroups were set according to clan, lineage, village affiliation  There was no kingship customs

4  In 1936, Achebe entered St Philips' Central School.  At the age of twelve he enrolled as a student at the Central School, where his older brother John taught.  During his high school life he learned to use English.  Attended the first University in Nigeria.  He majored in English, Theology and history.  During his college life he began to be critical about European literature.

5 Things Fall Apart No Longer At Ease Arrow of God

6 Published in 1958 Tried to inform the outside world about Igbo culture and traditions Reminded his own people of their past, Worried because Africans were already accepting the European’s jugment that Africa had no history or culture worth remembering. Language: Simple, easy to read, but dignified Tried to show Igbo “tongue” by adding words in the language Theme: (ani) Sample: -Struggle between change and tradition -Importance of social stability

7  Published in 1964  Last edition of “The African Trilogy”  Involve Ezeulu, the chief priest of Nigerian villages  Shows how introduction of Christianity affected Africa’s original religion

8  Published in 1960  Preceded by Things Fall Apart  Second book of “African Trilogy”  Story about Okonkwo when he departed to England for education  Okonkwo tries to understand English culture, but the English kept on humiliating and ignoring him.  -correspond with what would happen in colonialism in future.  Theme: -Difficulty to understand different cultures and traditions -Post-colonialism; how it slowly came to Africa. Theme: -Difficulty to understand different cultures and traditions -Post-colonialism; how it slowly came to Africa.

9  “Nigeria is what it is because its leaders are not what they should be.” - By Achebe The quote simply shows that poor condition and poverty is due to corruption of the leaders. This also shows that Achebe was not only concentrating on his writing but he often interfered with Nigeria's political matter and often criticized the corrupted leaders.

10  Often called, “The father of modern African writing”  Announced lifetime achievement award from Man Booker. (2007)  Showed the strength and quality of African literature to the world

11  "Chinua Achebe." 26 Apr. 2009  Chinua Achebe Quotes." Famous Quotes and Quotations at BrainyQuote. 26 Apr. 2009.  "Chinua Achebe: Things Fall Apart." 26 Apr. 2009.   “No Longer at Ease." Western Michigan University. 26 Apr. 2009.   "Chinua Achebe Biography | Encyclopedia of World Biography Biography." Book Summaries, Study Guides. 26 Apr. 2009.

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