Nigeria at 53: Celebrating Naija's Notable Figures

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  • Seal
  • Seun Kuti
  • Chinua Achebe
  • Femi Kuti
  • King Sunny Ade
  • Sophie Okonedo
  • Ben Okri
  • Chiwetel Ejiofor
  • Genevieve Nnaji
  • Ken Saro-Wiwa
  • Wole Soyinka
  • Sade
  • Nwankwo Kanu
  • Hakeem Abdul Olajuwon
  • Some of Nigeria's Best
  • Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  • Fela Kuti

Chinua Achebe

Though Chinua Achebe’s extensive work has propelled him to idolized heights, the Nigerian writer and critic’s tour de force was his debut novel, Things Fall Apart, the most widely read book in modern Africa. His stories often centered on the clash of Western influence and traditional African values during and after colonialism. Influential figures from all backgrounds and professions mourned when “The Grandfather of Nigerian literature” died at age 82 in March 2013.

(Photo: AP Photo/Craig Ruttle, File)

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