June 25, 2024

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Soludo receives accolades from Young Writers for immortalizing Chinua Achebe

The late Prof. Chinua Achebe

ANAMBRA State chapter of the Society of Young Nigerian Writers is full of praise for the state governor Prof. Chukwuma Soludo for immortalising the late Nigerian literary icon, Prof. Chinua Achebe.
Soludo announced in his Independence Day anniversary speech on Sunday, the renaming of Anambra State International Cargo and Passenger Airport, Umueri, after Achebe.
State co-ordinator of the society Izunna Okafor, in a statement today Monday, says the decision signifies a significant recognition of the enduring importance of literature in the society.
Okafor recalls that young writers in Anambra State have, for years, been advocating the immortalisation of Achebe, through their annual event, the “Chinua Achebe Literary Festival and Memorial Lecture,” which was initiated in 2016.
He adds that the event holding annually also features the unveiling of an international poetry/essay anthology known as the Chinua Achebe Poetry/Essay Anthology, which they annually publish in Achebe’s honour.
The eighth edition of the anthology, which usually receives entries from writers from different parts of the world, would be unveiled during the 2023 Chinua Achebe Literary Festival and Memorial Lecture, slated for November 16.
“For years, the young writers have passionately appealed to the government to immortalise Achebe, highlighting the disparity in recognition between literary figures like Achebe and politicians and wealthy individuals. They emphasise the negative impact this neglect on emerging writers and the youth’s morale.
Dream come true
“Despite our persistent appeals, our pleas fell on deaf ears until the conclusion of the immediate-past administration of Chief Willie Obiano. However, we remained unwavering in our quest, even in this tenure of Gov. Soludo.
“Today, we express our deepest gratitude to Soludo for heeding our call and fulfilling one of our requests to immortalise Achebe.
“This act is not only a precious and best Independence Day gift to Anambra writers but also to writers nationwide and beyond.
“By granting this request the governor has won our hearts and support as young writers here in Anambra State. We cannot thank him enough for this profound gesture.”
Meanwhile, national president of the Society of Young Nigerian Writers Mr. Wole Adedoyin describes Achebe’s immortalisation in Anambra as a dream come true, especially for young writers in the state, who he says had been in the forefront of the call for such honour to be done to the literary champion.
Adedoyin, in commending the Anambra young writers for sustaining the call through their annual activities, also hails Soludo for granting this request in less than two years of his administration.
“It is very great news, and Soludo has done marvellously well,” Adedoyin adds.