The Chinua Achebe Encyclopedia

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Chronology

1909

Marriage of Isaiah Okafor Achebe and Janet Anaenechi, Achebe's parents.

1930

Achebe born on November 16 at Ogidi, just east of Onitsha in the Eastern Region of Nigeria. He is christened Albeit Chinualumogu Achebe.

1944-1948

Achebe attends Government College, Umuahia.

1948-1953

Achebe attends University College, Ibadan.

1954

Achebe begins work for the Nigerian Broadcasting Corporation.

1956

Achebe trains with the BBC in London.

1958

Things Fall Apart published by Heinemann.

1960

Nigeria gains independence from British colonial rule on October 1. No Longer at Ease published.

1961

Achebe marries Christie Chin we Okoli.

1962

The Sacrificial Egg and Other Stories published. Achebe becomes founding editor of the Heinemann African Writers Series. Daughter Chinelo born.

1963

Nigeria becomes a republic with Nnamdi Azikiwe as the first president.

1964

Arrow of Godpublished. Son Ikechukwu born.

1966

A Man of the Peoplepublished. An Igbo-led military coup establishes Major Johnson T.U. Aguiyi-Ironsi as head of the government in January. A second coup, led by Hausa officers, results in the killing of Ironsi and establishes Lieutenant Colonel Yakubu Gowon as the head of the new government in July. Massacres of Igbo in the North are part of a crisis that causes Achebe to leave Lagos and return to Eastern Nigeria.

1967

Biafra secedes from Nigeria on May 30, triggering the Nigerian civil war. Nigerian poet/activist Christopher Okigbo killed in the subsequent fighting. Achebe's son Chidi born.

1970

Biafra surrenders and rejoins Nigeria. Achebe's daughter Nwandoborn.

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