The people of Ogidi Community in Idemili North local government area of Anambra State has concluded plans to establish Achebe University to immortalize the late literary sage, Prof Chinua Achebe.
The traditional ruler of Ogidi Kingdom, Igwe Alex Onyido disclosed this during the 10th year anniversary of the late Prof Achebe held at Ogidi Town Hall where he moved a motion seeking the support of the community leaders who gathered at the event for a university project and it was generally adopted.
Igwe Onyido said the community will provide land either by donation or purchase where the Achebe University would be sited, calling on the state government led by Prof Chukwuma Soludo and well-meaning Nigerians to support the project.
ish a university in his name because he touched many lives educationally, socially and otherwise. So the university will train more youths to be like Achebe as their role model.
“Our late illustrious son, late High Chief (Prof). Chinua Achebe, Ugonabo Ogidi, was a traditionalist, a political and social critic and above all a globally celebrated literary icon who distinguished himself from among his contemporaries.
“As such, his legendary works of arts and literature have placed Ndigbo, Nigeria and Africa as a whole at the zenith on a global scale.
“May we use this opportunity to passionately request for immortalization of Prof Achebe in line with the federal government’s promise in 2013 through ex-president Goodluck Jonathan by naming Anambra State Umeri after him, erecting his statue at Ugwunwasike roundabout and establishing a university in his name” Igwe Ogidi stated.
Governor Soludo in his remarks at the event immediately approved the erection of Achebe’s statue at Ugwunwasike roundabout and will dredge the flood site at Ogidi along old Awka road to protect lives and property.
He commended the people of the Ogidi Community for organising the 10th memorial anniversary of the late sage, saying that the late Achebe deserved better recognition and immortalization due to the fame and pride he brought to the state through his literary works.
The former commissioner for Information in the state, Mr. C.Don Adinuba in his remark described Achebe as a great man who devoted his life to humanity, saying that he used his literary works to galvanised Ndigbo to chart a noble course of being self-reliant.