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Chinua Achebe's Things Fall Apart

In 1958 Nigerian writer Chinua Achebe published his first book, it would revolutionise African culture and was the beginning of a whole new genre of world literature.

In 1958 Nigerian writer, Chinua Achebe, published his first book "Things Fall Apart". It was set in pre-colonial rural Nigeria and examines how the arrival of foreigners - imposing their own traditions - led to tensions within the Igbo society. The book revolutionised African culture, and began a whole new genre of world literature. Witness hears from Achebe's youngest daughter, Nwando Achebe.

(Photo: Chinua Achebe. Photo Credit; Getty Images)

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Thu 21 Jul 2016 07:50GMT

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  • Thu 21 Jul 2016 07:50GMT

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