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Chinua Achebe’s Death Reported as News Two Years Later

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It is unclear how it started, but Chinua Achebe’s death is being mourned widely on Twitter and Facebook, despite the Nigerian author having passed away in 2013.

Achebe died on 22 March, 2013.

In particular, it is The New York Times obituary of Achebe that seems to be going viral, without posters realising that it was published two years ago.

Some news sites were even taken in by the wave of reposts.

As Firstpost points out, similar trends occurred when Steve Jobs and Maya Angelou died, making this quote from Achebe particularly prescient for a digital age: “The only thing we have learnt from experience is that we learn nothing from experience.”

United States Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice tweeted to her 456 000 followers that “his works leave a lasting impression on me and my gen.”:

Institutions and fans continue to tweet the “news”:

Power FM, meanwhile, commemorated Achebe’s life on the two-year anniversary of his death:

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