The Chinua Achebe Encyclopedia

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


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


Achebe attends Government College, Umuahia.


Achebe attends University College, Ibadan.


Achebe begins work for the Nigerian Broadcasting Corporation.


Achebe trains with the BBC in London.


Things Fall Apart published by Heinemann.


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


Achebe marries Christie Chin we Okoli.


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


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


Arrow of Godpublished. Son Ikechukwu born.


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.


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.


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


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