Nigerian novelist Chinua Achebe, widely regarded as the father of modern African literature, has died aged 82 after a brief illness, his family said.
This file photo shows Chinua Achebe, pictured on January 19, 2009, during a welcoming ceremony at Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Abuja upon his return to Nigeria for the first time in over 10 years. Achebe, the revered author of "Things Fall Apart" who has been called the father of modern African literature, has died aged 82, according to his family.
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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