Achebe is considered the Father of African literature. His 1958 novel ‘Things Fall Apart’ is regarded as the most famous African novel written in English. He became a Professor of Literature and Africana studies when he moved to the United States in the 1990s.
Massey was an influential geographer and social scientist. Her work was often viewed through Marxist and Feminist lenses, and her ideas about ‘place’ were particularly important. She was awarded the Vautrin Lud prize in 1998 – regarded as the ‘Nobel Prize for Geography’.