Currently alive, at 85 years of age.
1930 – He was born on the 16th of November in Ogidi, Nigeria.
1944 – He attended Government College in Umuahia for three years.
1948 – He studied English, history and theology at the University of Ibadan.
1952 – He was attacking a man widely revered in the West for his "reverence for life".
1958 – His magnum opus "Things Fall Apart" , a historical novel that considers the
effects of colonialization on Igbo society.
1961 – He proceeded to study broadcasting at the British Broadcasting Corporation,
becoming the first Director of External Broadcasting at the Nigerian Broadcasting
1967- He took a position with the Biafran government as an ambassador for three years.
1971 – His poem, "Dirge for Okigbo", originally written in the Igbo language but translated
to English for later publication, is based on a traditional Igbo dirge.
1985 – He may have further alienated the Nobel Prize committee with his 1985 criticism of
V.S. Naipaul as "a brilliant writer who sold himself to the West.
1990 – He was paralyzed from the waist down in a car accident.
2002 – He was awarded the prestigious Peace Prize of the German Book Trade.
2004 – He declined to accept the Commander of the Federal Republic (CFR).