January - March 1990
Chinua Achebe is one of Africa's most important writers. Although he has written poetry, short stories and essays — both literary and political — Professor Achebe is best known for his novels: Things Fall Apart, No Longer at Ease, Arrow of God, A Man of the People, and Anthills of the Savannah. He is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Nigerian National Trophy, and a Booker Prize nomination. His first of many honorary degrees was awarded by Dartmouth College in 1972. He was founding editor of African Writers Series 1962-72, and is chairman and publisher of a very recent journal, African Commentary. In addition to his writing career, Achebe has served as a senior research fellow and a professor of English at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka; Pro-chancellor and Chairman of Council at Anambra State University of Technology, Enugu; Foreign Honorary Fellow of the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters; and has lectured extensively at other universities in Nigeria, Europe, and the United States.
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