Today's Google Doodle Celebrates Legendary Author, Chinua Achebe

Today's Google Doodle Celebrates Legendary Author, Chinua Achebe (Photo: Google)

Being the father of modern African literature, Chinua Achebe was one of the pioneers of the 'for us by us' movement before it was even a thing. And today, tech behemoth, Google, honors him with a doodle to mark his 87th birthday, pronouncing his importance in modern African literature. 

Through his novels, Chinua Achebe lent a voice to a generation of Africans who refused to be whitewashed and defined by Eurocentric standards (hm why does that sound so familiar?). With books such as Arrow Of God, No Longer At Ease, A Man Of The People, and a plethora of short stories, he wrote novels that showed Nigerians as complex characters – standing in deliberate opposition to the existing depiction of Africans in European literature. 

His first and most popular novel, Things Fall Apart, is still a staple in the Nigerian school curriculum. While his last published work, There Was a Country, was an autobiography. This was was a personal account of the Biafran War, telling chilling experiences of the war like we've never heard before. 

Chinua Achebe died in 2013 at the age of 82, but his legendary work and classic novels sure keep him alive, and we're glad the world still remembers him! 

(Photo: Mirror)

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