What a new president needs to know as he takes the reins of a deeply divided and disillusioned country.
From Blood Sisters to Half of a Yellow Sun, he was loved for his TV series and films as well as his novel Burma Boy.
His major work The Quiet Violence of Dreams is about a young man undergoing a mental breakdown, something that the novelist also experienced.
Post-colonial writing has expanded the concept of tragedy beyond Western thought.
Cultural icons like Achebe, Fela and Saro-Wiwa were among those who highlighted Nigeria’s failings.
Nigerian poets and novelists have compared the Igbo massacres in the 60s to the Holocaust as a way to drive international attention to the atrocities.
It’s hailed as one of the greatest works of fiction to emerge from Africa. But Things Fall Apart was written in English, sparking debate about the colonisation of language.