Chinua Achebe was born November 15, 1930 into an Ibo family in Eastern Nigeria in a town called Ogidi. His father, Isaiah Okafor Achebe was a teacher in a missionary school. His mother, Janet Ileogbunam and his father raised him with values from his traditional Ibo culture as well as being devout evangelical Protestants. He graduated from the University College at Ibadan in 1954 and also attended a government college in Umuahia.
While in college, he studied English, History, and Theology. In 1954 he worked at a school as a teacher in Oba. He also worked for the Nigerian Broadcasting Corporation (NBC) in which time he wrote his first book in 1959, Things Fall Apart. His first novel showed his readers a new way of looking at Nigerian Literature with his new way of writing. He married Christie Chinwe Okoli in 1961and they had four children.
After writing Things Fall Apart 1959, he wrote another novel titled, No Longer At Ease in 1960. This novel was more about the colonial regime. His literature Arrow of God, written in 1964 was also about the past in Africa adding in tribal traditions. From 1967-1970, Achebe worked for the governor and also confounded a publishing company.
Okankwo, the main character in this story was the superior man of his village who had a major downfall. He was powerful and he knew this as he was the leader of his community. Everything is perfect in Okankwo’s life until he kills a man and is banished for seven years. The time period is set in the 1890s when missionaries came into Igbo society and took over. With this real life fact, Achebe incorporated history into his fictional story. This invasion was Okankwo’s biggest downfall as the missionaries took over leadership.
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