Chinualumogu Achebe was born in 1938, in Ogidi, Anambra State of Igboland. He was reared in a Christian family, studied medicine and literature at the University of Ibadan. He worked for the Nigerian Broadcasting Company (NBC), where he rose to the rank of Director of External Broadcasting. He left the Services of the NBC in 1966, following the massacres of Igbos that led to the Biafra War. His novel, A Man of the People, was falsely believed to have implicated him in the Civil War. Indeed, Chinua was merely prophetic in that novel.