LEGENDLaying to Rest Literary Giant Chinua Achebe05.23.13LEGENDLaying to Rest Literary Giant Chinua AchebeHundreds gathered in the hometown of novelist Chinua Achebe for his funeral. The author of ‘Things Fall Apart,’ Achebe was regarded as the father of modern African literature. See photos. 05.23.13 2:07 PM ET(Clockwise from top left) Sunday Alamba/AP; Sunday Alamba/AP; Pius Utomi Ekpei/AFP/Getty; Jon Gambrell/AP Hundreds gathered in the hometown of novelist Chinua Achebe for his funeral. The author of Things Fall Apart, Achebe was regarded as the father of modern African literature. See photos. Jon Gambrell/AP Young people march at an event honoring author Chinua Achebe in Awka, Nigeria, on Wednesday. Pius Utomi Ekpei/AFP/Getty Professor Christie Achebe walks behind her late husband’s coffin during his funeral at Ogidi in southeast Nigeria. Sunday Alamba/AP A woman sells magazines with a portrait of Achebe during an event in Awka on Wednesday. Pius Utomi Ekpei/AFP/Getty Eldest son Dr. Ikechukwu Achebe and widow professor Christie Achebe sing hymns during the funeral service. Jon Gambrell/AP Pallbearers carry Achebe’s coffin. Sunday Alamba/AP Pallbearers stand by Achebe’s coffin on stage. Pius Utomi Ekpei/AFP/Getty Mourners pray in front of a portrait.