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Chinua Achebe’s Things Fall Apart Named In Bbc’s 100 Stories That Shaped The Wo by phantom(m): 12:22pm On Apr 24, 2019

Chinua Achebe’s Things Fall Apart named in BBC’s 100 stories that shaped the world

Chinua Achebe's Things Fall Apart has been named in BBC’s 100 stories that shaped the world, making it into the top 5. BBC Culture asked writers around the globe to pick stories that have endured across generations and continents – and changed society. Other great African literary works on the list include Tsitsi Dangarembga’s Nervous Conditions, and Children of Gebelawi written by Egyptian novelist Naguib Mahfouz.

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One of Africa’s literary giants Albert Chinualumogu Achebe passed away in 2013 aged 82 but his works continue to make headlines, inspiring and influencing generations. Achebe’s first novel Things Fall Apart (1958), which is widely considered his magnum opus, and is the most widely read book in modern African literature has been named in BBC’s 100 stories that shaped the world, making it into the top 5.

In April, just months after the 60th anniversary of the publication of Things Fall Apart, the novel was named one of 12 novels considered “the Greatest Book Ever Written” in a list which was compiled by Encyclopaedia Brittanica. In the same month, Things Fall Apart was also named in the list of 100 Books to feature in ‘The Great American Read’ TV Series. The American series “celebrates the power of reading, told through the prism of America’s 100 best-loved novels (as chosen in a national survey)”.



Things Fall Apart is regarded as an important novel and one of the greatest classics of our time. The story chronicles the pre-colonial life in Nigeria and the arrival of the Europeans during the late nineteenth century. The novel interrogates the clash of cultures, traditional values and belief systems.

Other great African literary works on the BBC’s 100 list include Zimbabwean novelist Tsitsi Dangarembga’s Nervous Conditions, and Children of Gebelawi written by Egyptian novelist Naguib Mahfouz. Nervous Conditions, which comes in at number 66 on the BBC list won the African category of the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize in 1989 and is considered one of the 12 best African novels ever written. The novel illustrates and interrogates the dynamic themes of race, colonialism, and gender during the post-colonial conditions of present-day Zimbabwe.


Naguib Mahfouz (1911-2006) the first Arabic-language writer to win a Nobel Prize for literature. Children of Gebelawi written by Mahfouz is ranked 76 on the BBC list. Mahfouz won the 1988 Nobel Prize for literature for his works “rich in nuance”, which “formed an Arabian narrative art that applies to all mankind”. Mahfouz was the second African writer to win the Nobel Prize for Literature, after Nigerian author and poet, Wole Soyinka who received the Prize in 1986.

In April, BBC Culture says it asked writers around the globe to pick stories that have endured across generations and continents – and changed society. Experts around the world nominated up to five fictional stories they felt had shaped mindsets or influenced history. “We received answers from 108 authors, academics, journalists, critics and translators in 35 countries – their choices took in novels, poems, folk tales and dramas in 33 different languages,” BBC Culture said.

BBC Culture says the list is not definitive but its aim is “to spark a conversation about why some stories endure; how they continue to resonate centuries and millennia after they were created. And why sharing those stories is a fundamental human impulse: one that can overcome division, inspire change, and even spark revolutions”.
Re: Chinua Achebe’s Things Fall Apart Named In Bbc’s 100 Stories That Shaped The Wo by immhotep: 12:24pm On Apr 24, 2019
Sai babarians and APC followers will not be happy with this now.
http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20180521-the-100-stories-that-shaped-the-world

Meanwhile, Igbo amaka.

cc lzaa adaibeku yarimo deomelo sarrki afamed
phantom:

Chinua Achebe’s Things Fall Apart named in BBC’s 100 stories that shaped the world

Chinua Achebe's Things Fall Apart has been named in BBC’s 100 stories that shaped the world, making it into the top 5. BBC Culture asked writers around the globe to pick stories that have endured across generations and continents – and changed society. Other great African literary works on the list include Tsitsi Dangarembga’s Nervous Conditions, and Children of Gebelawi written by Egyptian novelist Naguib Mahfouz.

On Steve Biko: “A young man with a sharp intellect and flair for organisation and leadership”. Photo: Bookslive

One of Africa’s literary giants Albert Chinualumogu Achebe passed away in 2013 aged 82 but his works continue to make headlines, inspiring and influencing generations. Achebe’s first novel Things Fall Apart (1958), which is widely considered his magnum opus, and is the most widely read book in modern African literature has been named in BBC’s 100 stories that shaped the world, making it into the top 5.

In April, just months after the 60th anniversary of the publication of Things Fall Apart, the novel was named one of 12 novels considered “the Greatest Book Ever Written” in a list which was compiled by Encyclopaedia Brittanica. In the same month, Things Fall Apart was also named in the list of 100 Books to feature in ‘The Great American Read’ TV Series. The American series “celebrates the power of reading, told through the prism of America’s 100 best-loved novels (as chosen in a national survey)”.


Things Fall Apart is regarded as an important novel and one of the greatest classics of our time. The story chronicles the pre-colonial life in Nigeria and the arrival of the Europeans during the late nineteenth century. The novel interrogates the clash of cultures, traditional values and belief systems.

Other great African literary works on the BBC’s 100 list include Zimbabwean novelist Tsitsi Dangarembga’s Nervous Conditions, and Children of Gebelawi written by Egyptian novelist Naguib Mahfouz. Nervous Conditions, which comes in at number 66 on the BBC list won the African category of the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize in 1989 and is considered one of the 12 best African novels ever written. The novel illustrates and interrogates the dynamic themes of race, colonialism, and gender during the post-colonial conditions of present-day Zimbabwe.


Naguib Mahfouz (1911-2006) the first Arabic-language writer to win a Nobel Prize for literature. Children of Gebelawi written by Mahfouz is ranked 76 on the BBC list. Mahfouz won the 1988 Nobel Prize for literature for his works “rich in nuance”, which “formed an Arabian narrative art that applies to all mankind”. Mahfouz was the second African writer to win the Nobel Prize for Literature, after Nigerian author and poet, Wole Soyinka who received the Prize in 1986.

In April, BBC Culture says it asked writers around the globe to pick stories that have endured across generations and continents – and changed society. Experts around the world nominated up to five fictional stories they felt had shaped mindsets or influenced history. “We received answers from 108 authors, academics, journalists, critics and translators in 35 countries – their choices took in novels, poems, folk tales and dramas in 33 different languages,” BBC Culture said.

BBC Culture says the list is not definitive but its aim is “to spark a conversation about why some stories endure; how they continue to resonate centuries and millennia after they were created. And why sharing those stories is a fundamental human impulse: one that can overcome division, inspire change, and even spark revolutions”.

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Re: Chinua Achebe’s Things Fall Apart Named In Bbc’s 100 Stories That Shaped The Wo by phantom(m): 12:24pm On Apr 24, 2019
They should give this man a posthumous Nobel. It's long overdue.
At this point, the man is large even in death that the Nobel Prize committee would need him to boost their credibility. That is true greatness. RIP sir..

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Re: Chinua Achebe’s Things Fall Apart Named In Bbc’s 100 Stories That Shaped The Wo by HallaDaTruth: 12:28pm On Apr 24, 2019
THIS IS AWESOME. WE NEED MORE PEOPLE LIKE THIS IN NIGERIA. NOT THESE BRAINLESS CELEBRITIES

Re: Chinua Achebe’s Things Fall Apart Named In Bbc’s 100 Stories That Shaped The Wo by Lucifersticlala: 12:30pm On Apr 24, 2019
Afonjas are still searching for The Lion and the Jewel and other Cultist Stories by Wole Soyinka on that list.


*spits angry

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Re: Chinua Achebe’s Things Fall Apart Named In Bbc’s 100 Stories That Shaped The Wo by JubrilBuhari: 12:33pm On Apr 24, 2019
Afonja ugly losers will rush here and start ranting as usual -
Soyinka is the best on Earth
Chinua Achebe is IPOB and cannot spell his name
Igbos are not intelligent at all
Yolobas are the most intelligent people on earth
Ibadan is more beautiful than Paris. grin

Yolobas own America, China, England, Russia, Ghana Congo, Togo... cheesy
Yeah, that's how they flow. Afonja insecure losers. grin

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Re: Chinua Achebe’s Things Fall Apart Named In Bbc’s 100 Stories That Shaped The Wo by thesicilian: 12:33pm On Apr 24, 2019
Written 2yrs before things actually fell apart for Nigeria.

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Re: Chinua Achebe’s Things Fall Apart Named In Bbc’s 100 Stories That Shaped The Wo by festacman(m): 12:40pm On Apr 24, 2019
The lesson from the fame of "Things Fall Apart" is that sometimes something SIMPLE can become successful.

So, if you are a budding writer, don't keep thinking of a storyline with complicated plot. That simple but unique story in your head could become a classic if you pen it down.
Re: Chinua Achebe’s Things Fall Apart Named In Bbc’s 100 Stories That Shaped The Wo by BuhariAdvocate: 12:41pm On Apr 24, 2019
Well that's individual opinion. But in my own submission Achebe created disunity among yoruba and igbo.the book also capable of cause another civil war in Nigeria. No wonder the book was forbidden for over 2 years before it could be sale in Nigeria.
Re: Chinua Achebe’s Things Fall Apart Named In Bbc’s 100 Stories That Shaped The Wo by goodnessme1(f): 12:41pm On Apr 24, 2019
Waiting for children of hate from waste....

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Re: Chinua Achebe’s Things Fall Apart Named In Bbc’s 100 Stories That Shaped The Wo by immhotep: 12:47pm On Apr 24, 2019
BuhariAdvocate:
Well that's individual opinion. But in my own submission Achebe created disunity among yoruba and igbo.the book also capable of cause another civil war in Nigeria. No wonder the book was forbidden for over 2 years before it could be sale in Nigeria.
Reject dullardism.

Igbo amaka.

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Re: Chinua Achebe’s Things Fall Apart Named In Bbc’s 100 Stories That Shaped The Wo by goodnessme1(f): 12:57pm On Apr 24, 2019
BuhariAdvocate:
Well that's individual opinion. But in my own submission Achebe created disunity among yoruba and igbo.the book also capable of cause another civil war in Nigeria. No wonder the book was forbidden for over 2 years before it could be sale in Nigeria.
was Igbos and yorubas united when awolowo starved 3.5 million igbo children and stole all igbos money.

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Re: Chinua Achebe’s Things Fall Apart Named In Bbc’s 100 Stories That Shaped The Wo by BuhariAdvocate: 1:05pm On Apr 24, 2019
goodnessme1:
was Igbos and yorubas united when awolowo starved 3.5 million igbo children and stole all igbos money.
exactly what I'm saying I know you read it from Achebe book or your fellow ibo that read the book told you that.
Re: Chinua Achebe’s Things Fall Apart Named In Bbc’s 100 Stories That Shaped The Wo by immhotep: 1:21pm On Apr 24, 2019
BuhariAdvocate:
exactly what I'm saying I know you read it from Achebe book or your fellow ibo that read the book told you that.
Historical revisionist spotted grin
Re: Chinua Achebe’s Things Fall Apart Named In Bbc’s 100 Stories That Shaped The Wo by Andhominem: 1:35pm On Apr 24, 2019
Oya, let's celebrate the p..gs from the yea...t... grin
Re: Chinua Achebe’s Things Fall Apart Named In Bbc’s 100 Stories That Shaped The Wo by immhotep: 1:36pm On Apr 24, 2019
Andhominem:
Oya, let's celebrate the p..gs from the yea...t... grin
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