One of the most celebrated authors and pioneers of African literature, Chinua Achebe, is about to have some of his bestselling novels produced on TV screen.
The news came after Achebe’s family released a statement that they have negotiated a deal with film production companies, including Achebe Masterclass, LLC, the copyright holder of Chinua Achebe’s work, to produce three of his bestselling novels.
The three novels we can expect to see on screen include, Things Fall Apart, No Longer at Ease and Arrow of God, these three adaptations will complete the first cinematic trilogy of Achebe’s work.
About the books:
Things Fall Apart
The first book in the trilogy and the debut novel of Chinua Achebe, published in 1958, Things Fall Apart depicts the events of pre-colonial lifestyle in south eastern Nigeria right before the advent of the Europeans in the 19th century.
The novel follows the life of Okonkwo, the leader of an Igbo community, who is banished from his community after he accidentally kills a man and sent to exile up to his eventual return seven years later. He and his community must face the aftermath of the European invasion and its governance in the Igbo community.
No Longer at Ease
Published in 1960, No Longer at Ease continues exploring the journey of Okonkwo, who leaves his village for education in Great Britain and then gets a job in the Nigerian colonial civil service, throghout his journey he’s conflicted between his African culture and the rapidly emerging Western culture and lifestyle.
Arrow of God
Published in 1964, Arrow of God is part of The African Trilogy. With themes and settings similar to its predecessors, the novel explores the story of Ezeulu, the chief priest of several Igbo villages during the colonial era where he confronts the colonial powers.
“The series will portray decades of wrenching societal change from the end of the 19th century in Things Fall Apart through the emerging 20th century in Arrow of God and the mid 20th century pre-independence period in No Longer At Ease,” states Achebe Masterworks.
The man behind the legend
Chinua Achebe born Albert Chinualumogu Achebe on November 16, 1930, in the Igbo town of Ogidi in British Nigeria.
He became popular after the the publication of his debut novel, Things Fall Apart, in 1958, which has sold over 20 million copies worldwide and translated into more than 50 languages.
Following his international success, Achebe went on to write No Longer at Ease in 1960 and Arrow of God in 1964, completing what is now known as The African Trilogy.
Other publications by Chinua Achebe include A Man of the People and Anthills of the Savannah.
Throughout his time he served as a faculty member in many accredited universities in the U.S. and Nigeria. He died on March 21, 2013, at age 82, in Boston, Massachusetts, USA. He has also received numerous awards and honorary titles throughout his lifetime.