Awards & Winners

Chinua Achebe

Date of Birth 16-November-1930
Place of Birth Ogidi, Anambra
(Nigeria, Anambra State, Idemili North)
Nationality Nigeria
Also know as Albert Chinụalụmọgụ Achebe
Profession Poet, Novelist, Writer, Professor, Author, Literary critic
Chinua Achebe was a Nigerian novelist, poet, professor, and critic. He was best known for his first novel and magnum opus, Things Fall Apart, which is the most widely read book in modern African literature. Raised by his parents in the Igbo town of Ogidi in southeastern Nigeria, Achebe excelled at school and won a scholarship for undergraduate studies. He became fascinated with world religions and traditional African cultures, and began writing stories as a university student. After graduation, he worked for the Nigerian Broadcasting Service and soon moved to the metropolis of Lagos. He gained worldwide attention for Things Fall Apart in the late 1950s; his later novels include No Longer at Ease, Arrow of God, A Man of the People, and Anthills of the Savannah. Achebe wrote his novels in English and defended the use of English, a "language of colonisers", in African literature. In 1975, his lecture An Image of Africa: Racism in Conrad's "Heart of Darkness" featured a famous criticism of Joseph Conrad as "a thoroughgoing racist"; it was later published in The Massachusetts Review amid some controversy.

Awards by Chinua Achebe

Check all the awards nominated and won by Chinua Achebe.


Man Booker International Prize

Nominations 2007 »

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Man Booker International Prize


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Neustadt International Prize for Literature


Nominations 1994 »

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Neustadt International Prize for Literature


Nominations 1987 »

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Man Booker Prize Anthills of the Savannah