On Tuesday, May 23, 2017, all roads will lead to the University town of Nsukka, Enugu state, as the immediate past Governor of Imo State, His Excellency Chief .Ikedi Ohakim receives the Chinua Achebe Award at University of Nigeria, Nsukka UNN.
According to information available to Ifeanyicy.com, Dr. Ohakim will also deliver lecture at the Institution's Institute of African Studies same day after the Award.
Ohakim Bags Chinua Achebe Awards, Delivers Lecture At UNN May 23rd
Parts of the invitation card parts: "We are well aware of the efforts Your Excellency made in 2009 to bring the icon Chinua Achebe to Nigeria to speak at the Ahiajioku lecture in Owerri, Imo State. It is our pleasure to inform you that we have nominated you to receive the prestigious Chinua Achebe Award for champion of intellectual discourse at the conference on May 23rd, 2017. We would also like your Excellency to present a paper on -- "The Igbo and the Leadership Question: The Achebe Example".
By may 22,2017, it will be four years since the internment of Prof Chinua Achebe. As part of the commemorative of the life and creativity of this colossus, the institute of African Studies University of Nigeria, is organizing an international conference to celebrate Chinua Achebe in all ramifications. With the theme: " Chinua Achebe and the convolution of immortality; Assessing the writer in relation to new realities"
According to a press release from the Director of Institute of African Studies University of Nigeria, Prof Emeka Nwabueze, the institute feels that the great author has not been given the appropriate honour he deserves, especially from the University he so diligently served"