University of Nigeria Nsukka (UNN) Institute of African Studies will from May 22-25, 2017 hold discussions on the life and times of the late literary icon, Prof. Chinua Achebe, to remember him 4 years after his death.
Director of the University of Nigeria Nsukka, Prof. Emeka Nwabueze, stated that the life and creative abilities of late Prof. Achebe as a literary colossus, would be celebrated, 4 years after his demise.
Nwabueze told Nigeria News men at the institute that the African icon deserved to be accorded befitting respects worthy of his class after death, adding that the institute was organizing the event to make up what was ignored during the burial.
He said: “Achebe from the University of Nigeria Nsukka perspective was not accorded befitting burial as a world class author and one who used his literally works to promote African tradition and culture.
“As Igbo people who believe in 4 days of “Orie, Afor, Nkwo and Eke,” we felt that the right thing to do is to give this natural Igbo phenomenon 4 years before celebrating him. We are in the “Eke” of Chinua Achebe’s death and we are determined to correct the short-comings during the burial and that is why we are rolling out drums to celebrate him.”
According to him, the University of Nigeria Nsukka decided to celebrate the world class author as a result of he was a senior analysis fellow of the institute and contributed a lot of to that together with his workplace settled on the second floor of the Hansberry Building that homes the institute.
“It was during this office that this great writer hibernated, ruminated, poured his ideas on papers, took snacks, received visitors and generated his official correspondence. As a research fellow of the institute, he contributed to the growth and success of the institute,” he said.
According to the director, Alhaji Balarabe Musa and Maj.-Gen. Ike Nwachukwu will co-chair the occasion while other personalities expected to grace the commemoration include Governors Willy Obiano of Anambra State, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State, Nyesom Wike of Rivers State and Abdullahi Umar Ganduje of Kano State.
The highlight of the 4-day event will be the official opening of Chinua Achebe’s office, which was last opened in 1990 when he celebrated his 60th birthday.