Nigerian Author Chinua Achebe

Nigerian Author Chinua Achebe

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Chinua Achebe, an award-winning writer about corruption and governance in Africa’s biggest oil producer, rejected in 2011 a national honor from President Goodluck Jonathan, citing failings in government, which made him reject another national honor seven years earlier by former President Olusegun Obasanjo.