Nigerian novelist Chinua Achebe, widely known as the father of modern African literature, has died aged 82 after a brief illness, his family said Friday.
Nigerian writer Chinua Achebe is pictured on January 19, 2009 during a welcoming ceremony at Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Abuja. Achebe -- the revered author of "Things Fall Apart" who has been called the father of modern African literature -- has died aged 82, his publisher said.
Best known internationally for his novel "Things Fall Apart", which depicts the collision between British rule and traditional Igbo culture in his native southeast Nigeria, Achebe was also a staunch critic of corruption in his country.
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