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Biography of Chinua Achebe

Chinua Achebe
Albert Chinualumogu Achebe was born the son of Isaiah Okafo, a evangelical Christian churchman, and Janet N. Achebe November 16, 1930 in Ogidi, Nigeria. Although both his parents were Christians, they heavily inundated him with traditional Ibo values. He married Christie Chinwe Okoli, September 10, 1961, and now has four children: Chinelo, Ikechukwu, Chidi, and Nwando. He attended Government College in Umuahia from 1944 to 1947 and University College in Ibadan from 1948 to 1953.

He then received a B.A. from London University in 1953. He studied broadcasting at the British Broadcasting Corp. in London in 1956, and was later the director of External Broadcasting for the Nigerian Broadcasting Service. Achebe has received numerous honors, such as Honorary Fellowship of the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters, and well over 20 honorary doctorates.

He is also recipient of the Nigerian National Merit Award, signifying high intellectual achievement that has shaped the culture of Nigeria. From 1972 - 1976 and from 1897-1988 he was Professor of English at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and also at the University of Connecticut, Storrs. He later taught at Bard College.
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