Former Governor of Imo State, Chief Ikedi Ohakim has affirmed that the spirit of the Chinua Achebe, the foremost Nigerian writer lives on. Chief Ohakim made this statement in his latest article published on Daily Sun yesterday, 18th May, 2017, entitled, 'Achebe and I.'





Chief Ohakim wrote this piece in response to his nomination for an award by the Institute of African Studies, University of Nigeria, Nsukka, where Achebe has an office before and even after his death.



The Institute recognized Chief Ohakim’s major role in hosting what actually turned out to be Achebe’s last public outing, during the Ahiajoku Lecture on January 23rd, 2009, where the legendary writer gave the keynote address.



In this piece, Chief Ohakim noted some of the impacts of Achebe’s writings in modern literature, which includes, changing the perception of a novelist as a mere storyteller. He wrote:



Achebe changed the perception of novelists as mere story tellers. No political scientist, historian, anthropologist, or any class of social scientist, would lay claim to churning out more works that x-rayed the society, the people, politics and leadership than Prof. Chinua Achebe. In terms of impact, pervasiveness and penetration, Achebe stood tall because of his style.
Africa’s meeting with Europe to him was a historical fact that turned out a terrible disaster given the reality that the meeting precluded any warmth of friendship that could have facilitated genuine understanding and appreciation of Africa. The African world, Achebe insisted, is still bedeviled by the consequences of an encounter that turned cataclysmic.”

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