Published 60 years ago this year by Heinemann in London, Things Fall Apart has sold more than 10m copies and been translated into more than 50 languages.
Okonkwo’s heroic but rash stand against colonialism ends in a lonely suicide.
“We are like second class citizens, of the same status as a colonised people, except that this is internal colonialism, caliphate colonialism”
The novel openly refers to Chinua Achebe’s classic Things Fall Apart, and betrays the influence of another Nigerian writer, Amos Tutuola
These novels contain stories that Africans themselves want to tell, stories that imagine a world exceeding all expectation