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Nigerian author Chinua Achebe has passed away at the age of 82.  Rumors of failing health had been circulating for some time, but his death was confirmed

Born in 1930 Achebe was vocal academic and activist who penned several books including his 1958 classic, “Things Fall Apart.” Set in an Igbo village in Nigeria, the novel highlighted the clash between  a Nigerian tribesman and British colonialists. It was translated into 50 languages and sold more than 10 million copies around the world.

The book also inspired the 1999 album by The Roots of the same name. Band member ?uestlove tweeted his condolences to the author.

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