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One of the most highly known African authors today is the Nigerian born Chinua Achebe Chinua Achebes main focus in his writings was to tell about the African experience but in a completely different way previous authors wrote The works of Achebe painted a picture of how life changed for Africans due to the impact of European culture on African society and described the struggles of his people to free themselves from European influences Many critics saw Chinua Achebe as a visionary while others saw him as a voice for the Nigerian culture giving him the reputation as the father of the African novel in English When England sent colonizers and missionaries to Africa it had great affect on African tribal life and on Chinua Achebe Achebe became slightly interested in British culture and began reading English writings only to be disgusted with the message British authors were trying to get across Achebe learned that English authors saw Africans as inhumane savages that needed to be saved Carroll 68 Angry with the English writings Achebe decided to answer back by writing his first novel Things Fall Apart in 1958 to counteract the distortions of English literature about Africa In Things Fall Apart Achebe tells the story of an Ibo village of the late 1800s and one of its great men a warrior named Okonkwo Okonkwo is a champion wrestler a wealthy farmer a husband to three wives a title holder among his people and a member of the select egwugwu whose members impersonate ancestral spirits at tribal rituals However life changes dramatically for the Ibo society and Okonkwo with the arrival of British colonizers and missionaries also known as the white man The order of the Ibo society is disrupted with the appearance of the white man in Africa and with the introduction of white religion Carroll 77-78 Okonkwo who is looked upon highly by his people is unable to adapt to the changes that
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