Originally posted on TED Blog:
The world lost one of its literary giants today. Nigerian writer Chinua Achebe has died at the age 82.
For Nigerians, Achebe was a national treasure. He was the first African writer to attract international acclaim, and an outspoken leader with far-reaching influence on both politics and culture. Emeka Okafor, who produced the TEDGlobal conference in Tanzania 5 years ago and is Achebe’s relative, says, ”He was in many ways the conscience of Nigeria. Unflinching in his critiques, a monumental figure.”