Chinua Achebe: balances the richness of African folklore and native speech with the sterile politicking inherited from outsiders, who ruled, influenced, then left, leaving their mess behind. Photograph: Jerry Bauer

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Meryl Streep in Sydney Pollack’s 1985 film Out of Africa, which revived interest in the 1937 memoir by  Karen Blixen or Isak Dinsen in which it was based. It drew on her experiences running a coffee-plantation in Kenya, at first with her husband, then on her own. An eccentric Danish aristocrat may not seem the most likely chronicler of life in Africa but she is a natural storyteller, blessed with a precise, elegant and commendable flair for ironic epigrams

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Chinua Achebe put Nigeria on the literary map with the publication, in 1958, of Things Fall Apart, his seminal novel about African identity and the(...)

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Chinua Achebe: wrote the story of Nigeria from the inside, with the dignity and gravity of tragedy. Photograph: Afolabi Sotunde/Reuters

When we think of artistic influences, of the way each artist is shaped by his or her predecessors, we tend to do so in positive terms. But some(...)

Chinua Achebe, Nigerian novelist, poet, and essayist, who died last week at the age of 82. Photograph/Brown University

Nigerian novelist, poet and essayist Chinua Achebe, who died last week at the age of 82, was seen by many as the father of African literature. (...)

Chinua Achebe,  who wrote the classic Things Fall Apart, has died. He was 82.

Nigeria n novelist and poet Chinua Achebe, widely seen as a grandfather of modern Africa n literature, has died at the age of 82, publisher Pen(...)