Professor Wole Soyinka has confirmed the passing away of professor Chinua Achebe, who died Thursday night in Boston.
According to BBC’s Fidelis Mbah, who monitored the interview, Soyinka made the comments on Cool FM, a private radio station in Lagos.
“I’m just devastated. I only heard about half an hour ago and I don’t want to say anything yet. I’m just devastated,” the Nobel Laureate said.
Also, according to the spokesman of his home state of Anambra, Mike Udah, the state was in mourning for its “illustrious son”.
Mr Achebe, 82, was most famous for his ground breaking 1958 novel Things Fall Apart, which dealt with the impact of colonialism on African society.
He had been living in the US since 1990 following injuries from a car crash.