Monday, 25 March 2013

U-Report: “It Wasn’t Easy Bringing Achebe For Ahiajoku Lecture”------Ada Okwuonu

Dr. Ada Okwuonu

The immediate past Deputy Governor of Imo State, Dr. Ada Okwuonu has described the death of Prof Chinua Achebe as another monumental loss to Ndigbo and the entire world.

Dr Okwuonu said this recently while reacting to the news of the late author of the famous African prose, ‘Things Fall Apart’.

The former number two citizen of Imo State said that the loss of Achebe to mankind was like the loss of the Ikemba of Nnewi, Chief Emeka Odumegwu Ojukwu.

"It is well known that Chinua Achebe was the best writer in Africa. His views encapsulated the African experience more especially the Igbo perspective. Mankind has indeed lost another intellectual" she added.
Reacting further, Dr. Okwuonu recounted how she led a delegation to the United States of America (US) in 2009 to invite the Ogidi-Anambra born professor to deliver the 2010 Ahiajoku Lecture in Owerri.

"I can still remember that it was not easy convincing Achebe to come to Imo State to deliver the 2010 Ahiajoku Lecture Series. It was a big challenge because before then, the late novelist was already disenchanted with the leadership and security situation in Nigeria. However, we tried our best to convince him to take up the lecture. This was possible through the help of the late icon’s bosom friend, Prof Mike Echeruo, she summed up.

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