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THE society of Young Nigerian Writers, Anambra State chapter has on Monday  organised her annual literary festival and maiden memorial lecture in honour of China Achebe, the late literary icon. The event which took place at Prof Kenneth Dike E-library, Awka, Anambra state had in attendance people from all walks of life including students, scholars, writers, journalists, public and private administrators.

  The late Achebe is celebrated for his legendary masterpiece, “Things Fall Apart” and other works which include,” Man of the People,” “No longer at ease,” “There was a country” and many other record smashing works that elucidate our dear society.

  In his remark, the Chairman of the occasion and the MD/CEO, Anambra Newspapers and Printing Corporation (ANPC), SirChuka Nnabuife, opined that Achebe is worth celebrating not just locally, nationally or globally but worthy of celebration for life. “Achebe is not only a great writer but also a sage, a man who was to some extent of his age, not only a vendor of knowledge of the ages before him but also a harbinger of wisdom of the age before him.

 “Chinua Achebe did not only write for future, he also was an activist for better future. In fact, it is while in the line of activism that he got an accident that actually kept him wheelchair bound.

Also the keynote speaker of the event, Mr. Oseloka H. Obaze, former Secretary to State Government (SSG), Anambra State, while delivering his lecture titled “If the Dead Could Speak, What Would Achebe Say of Present Day Nigeria?” recounted Achebe’s humanism and enduring literary legacies. He said, “for my part, I had in 2006 declared Achebe,  “The Unacknowledged Nobel Laureate” and when he passed; “a legend, who will eternally be known simply by his surname –ACHEBE, just as we know Shakespeare, Yates, Dickens, Shaw and Byron.”

Describing Achebe as a seer and prophetic writer, Anambra State Commissioner for Information and Public Enlightenment, C. Don Adinuba,  added that Achebe foresaw the first coup which took place in January 1966 and also foretold the counter coup which took place six months after while referring to Achebe’s novel titled ‘A Man of the People’.

The Special Guest of Honour, Prof. Pita Umeadi, a former Chief Judge of Anambra State, admonished young people to always write. He said, “Ideas are there and they come to you through the plan and that is one thing I want to strike, especially from this age.”

The Coordinator of Society of Young Nigerian Writers (Anambra State Chapter), Izunna Okafor, called on the Anambra State Government, private individuals and corporate bodies to recognizse, reward, encourage and empower young writers in the state while pleading with them to “undertake the annual sponsorship of this wonderful festival in honour of this legend who till date is yet to be befittingly immortalised with any ‘structure.’

Highlights of the event were the cutting of Chinua Achebe’s 90years posthumous birthday cake, presentation of awards, lectures in memory of Achebe, dramatising of Achebe’s selected books, spoken word poetry,  presentation of prizes to winners of the 2020 edition of National Light/Chinua Achebe Essay Writing Competition, art exhibition among others.  

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  1. Daniel Singfuri Yohanna

    November 24, 2020 at 10:33 am

    Honestly everything about this event is just too handsome

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