7 powerful statements by Chinua Achebe, 1930-2013

Obit Chinua Achebe
FILE - Chinua Achebe, Nigerian-born novelist and poet poses his life at his home on the campus of Bard College in Annandale-on-Hudson, New York where he is a professor in this Jan. 22, 2008 file photo. Achebe, who wrote the classic "Things Fall Apart," has died. He was 82. Achebe's publisher confirmed his death Friday, March 22, 2013. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle, File)

More than fifty years ago, a Nigerian writer penned the manuscript for a novel that would become one of the most important pieces of literature to impact the 20th century.

Internationally acclaimed author Chinua Achebe died Thursday at the age of 82. A government critic, statesman, and revolutionary writer who has sold more than 12 million copies of "Things Fall Apart," Achebe has influenced generations of Africans as well as contemporary American novelists like Junot Diaz and Ha Jin. Achebe's ability to empower and transform is chronicled through his writing. Below, we highlight seven powerful statements made by the celebrated "father of African literature."

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