Achebe: Nigeria Has Lost A Giant, Says Oshiomhole

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Governor Adams Oshiomhole of Edo State says with the death of Professor Chinua Achebe, Nigeria has lost a literary giant who left an indelible print in the sands of time.

In a condolence message by his Chief Press Secretary, Peter Okhiria, Governor Oshiomhole said: “On behalf of the people and Government of Edo State, I wish to commiserate with the Governor and the good people of Anambra State on the death of the literary giant, Professor Chinua Achebe.


“With Achebe’s death, Anambra State and indeed Nigeria has lost a major personality, who played a unique role in its modern history. Even as an intellectual giant, his voice resonated with clarity and authoritative distinction on matters of national interest.

“He was a remarkable personality and will always be remembered for his forthrightness and incisive contributions to national issues. He could not be ignored or taken for granted on any matter, even by those who disagreed with him.

“His death evokes nostalgic emotion in the minds of all who read his books. His epic novel, “Things Fall Apart”, which earned him the sobriquet, ‘father of modern African literature’, is perhaps the best known book in this part of the world, aside the Holy Books.

“His recent book, ‘There Was A Country’ offers illuminating insights into the Nigeria civil war especially from his perspective as a chronicler of those trying moments in Nigeria history. His death no doubt will leave a big vacuum in the literary world. His rejection of several National Awards speaks of the vintage Achebe who was more concerned with the plight of the ordinary Nigerian than the investiture of an award.

“We pray God to grant his family the courage and strength to bear his loss. We also pray our Heavenly Father to grant his soul peaceful repose.”

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