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Thursday, January 7, 1999 Published at 23:37 GMT

World: Africa

Nigerian writer becomes UN goodwill ambassador

The United Nations Population Fund has appointed the leading Nigerian writer, Chinua Achebe, as a goodwill ambassador to the world.

Mr Achebe, who is currently a professor of literature in the United States, is best known for his novels 'Things Fall Apart' and 'No Longer at Ease'.

He expressed delight at his appointment.

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