Chinua Achebe was the celebrated Nigerian storyteller of international repute
He wrote his epic novel, Things Fall Apart, at the young age of 28
In his stories were history, wisdom, lessons, simple language, and mastery of literature
No one could sway him from his passion for storytelling even at a young age
Under his leadership and influence, many African writers blossomed
Authoritative and bold were his novels

Achebe was a principled man who stood by his convictions unshaken
Could he have been awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature?
He was a global brand in the storytelling industry and world of literature
Even his memoirs in his last book, There Was A Country, showed mastery of his art
Behold, the Master of Literature is gone. Fare thee well
Ending well is fulfilling. Chinua Achebe ended his life’s race a fulfilled man. Adieu.

Eric Okeke is a CSR specialist and strategist in brand marketing and mobilizing support for corporate and social issues. He is the brand storyteller, writer, speaker, author and media consultant, with training in chemistry, marketing and business journalism. As a business writer and speaker, he has recorded a good career in media consulting and journalism which he started at The Guardian, Lagos.

Eric’s communications niche is storytelling which he is now using to empower professionals and improve business returns in Nigeria. Email him at,, Tel +234 803 301 4609; +234 817 301 4609.

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