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Chinua Achebe’s death: His last minute, wole soyinka’s reaction and family member’s words

When I heard the news this morning, I actually didn’t believe at first but now it has been confirmed…may his soul rest in peace.

Chinua Achebe, the renowned novelist, poet, and author of the classic novel, ‘Things Fall Apart‘  died at the age of 82 last night at a hospital in Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.A. (Prophet Obadare also passed on yesterday) after suffering from an undisclosed ailment for some time.
He was the author of some highly influential books including Arrow of God, No Longer at Ease (I love that book), Anthills of the Savannah, and A man of the People and received several international awards for his works. His latest book, ‘There Was a Country‘, was an autobiography on his experiences and views of the civil war.

Confirming the death, a Uk-based writer who has worked closely with
Achebe over the past decade, but who asked not to be named said“It is death…it is not
something one speaks of flippantly. Call me back in two hours” while another family member confirmed it saying “I have been on the line
with (his son, requested not to be named)”, said his niece who pleaded
anonymity when we spoke to her at 10.35. “And yes it is true, he is
dead. He has been I’ll for a while, and so this was kind of anticipated.
It is still sad.”
Meanwhile, Wole Soyinka is “devastated” by Achebe’s death. In an interview with cool fm, he said “I’m just devastated, i only heard about half an hour ago and i don’t want to say anything yet. I’m just devastated”
So sad….

Tireni Adebayo

Tireni Adebayo is the Editor of Kemi Filani News. She has BSC in Mass Communication from the Redeemer's University and M.A in Mass Communication from the University of Lagos (2014 - 2015) where she majored in Public Relations and Advertising and Digital Media.  When she is not writing, she is either listening to music or reading her favorite books. Tel: +2348000000901 Address: Herbert Macaulay, Yaba, Lagos, Nigeria Email:

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