In this Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2008 photo, Chinua Achebe, a Nigerian-born novelist and poet, poses at his home as he reflects on his works and life at his home on the campus of Bard College

 

              In this Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2008 photo, Chinua Achebe, a Nigerian-born novelist and poet, poses at his home as he reflects on his works and life at his home on the campus of Bard College
In this Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2008 photo, Chinua Achebe, a Nigerian-born novelist and poet, poses at his home as he reflects on his works and life at his home on the campus of Bard College in Annandale-on-Hudson, N.Y., where he is a professor. Achebe, an internationally celebrated Nigerian author, statesman and dissident, has died at age 82. Achebe's 1958 novel, "Things Fall Apart," is widely regarded as the first major work of modern African fiction and inspired others to tell the continent's story through the eyes of those who lived there. He joined Brown University in 2009 as a professor of languages and literature. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)