Chinua Achebe was not given befitting burial – UNN claims after 4 years

Imanuel Jannah
By Imanuel Jannah April 28, 2017 07:08

The Director of the Institute of African Studies, University of Nigeria Nsukka (UNN), Prof. Emeka Nwabueze, has claimed that late Prof. Chinua Achebe, who died four years ago, was not accorded befitting burial as a world class author and one who used his literally works to promote African tradition and culture.

Chinua Achebe was not given befitting burial – UNN claims after 4 years

He said this while addressing newsmen in Enugu in view of the discussions on the life and times of Chinua Achebe which is scheduled to be hosted by the institute from May 22-25, 2017 in remembrance of the late literary icon.
Nwabueze added that the institute was organizing the event to make up what was ignored during the burial.

He said: “Chinua Achebe from the institute’s 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 four days of ‘Orie, Afor, Nkwo and Eke,’ we felt that the right thing to do is to give this natural Igbo phenomenon four years before celebrating him.

“We are in the ‘Eke’ of Chinua Achebe’s death and we are determined to correct the short-comings during burial and that is why we are rolling out drums to celebrate him.”

According to him, the institute also decided to celebrate the world class author because he was a senior research fellow of the institute and contributed much to it with his office located on the second floor of the Hansberry Building which houses the institute.

“It was in 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.

The highlight of the four-day event will be the official opening of Chinua Achebe’s office, which was last opened in 1990 when he celebrated his 60th birthday.

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Imanuel Jannah
By Imanuel Jannah April 28, 2017 07:08