In the late ’60s, Achebe was involved in politics, serving as an ambassador from Biafra. He has lived in both Africa and the U.S., where he spent 15 years at Bard College in Annandale-on-Hudson, N.Y., before taking his current position at Brown in Providence, R.I. In 2007, he was awarded the Man Booker International Prize for his lifetime body of work.
Three other authors also made Forbes’ list. Two are from Kenya: 40-year old Binyavanga Wainaina, author of the widely read satirical essay “How to Write About Africa” and winner of the Caine Prize for African Writing in 2002, and Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o, 73, author of “Wizard of the Crow,” who is a professor at UC Irvine. The youngest is 34-year-old Nigerian-born Chimamanda Adichie, educated a Johns Hopkins and Yale; her novel “Half of a Yellow Sun” won the 2006 Orange Prize, and she was awarded a MacArthur “genius” Fellowship in 2008.
It’s interesting to see so many authors among the ranks of African celebrities. In America, we often have celebrities first who only secondarily become authors — like, for example, “Jersey Shore’s” Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi, whose second book, “Confessions of a Guidette,” comes out Tuesday.
”The truth might be hard to say, painful to bear or even drastic for the truth sayer but still needed to be said”. ALISON.