. I share Achebe’s view that trouble with Nigeria is leadership -Chidoka
. we’ll donate land for proposed Achebe varsity – Ogidi monarch
. he predicted Jan. 2, 1966 coup and July 29 counter coup and it came to pass – Adinuba
By Chuks Eke
Governor Chukwuma Soludo of Anambra State has said that he celebrate late Prof. Chinua Achebe not as a literary icon but as a great community leader who impacted on the people of Ogidi kingdom.
Soludo who spoke yesterday at the 10th memorial Service of Prof Achebe at St. Philip Anglican church Ogidi organized by Ogidi Kingdom, stated that the lecture Achebe delivered in 1982 has been an inspiration to him which also made him to name his son second after Prof. Achebe.
He said that Prof Achebe made great impact as President General of Ogidi Community who chose to serve his people rather than to enrich himself.
The governor said that Achebe as world most famous for his literature works did not forget his root as an Igbo man and Ogidi man.
“Prof Achebe is a very pride of Ndigbo across the world due to his literature works. He knew his root and background as great Igbo man who doesn’t hide his identity. I’m telling Ogidi to come home to do something at any level for the community.
“Achebe will remain my role model until death. I encourage our youths to emulate Achebe for his educational feat and community development. The youths should shun cultism. I want Ogidi families to give us more Achebe’s.
“Government will immortalize Achebe, we shall put his sculpture at the Ugwuasike junction and come up with more things to remember him in the state.
The traditional ruler of Ogidi, Igwe Alex Onyido in his speech pleaded with the governor to immortalize Prof Achebe by building University, naming airport after him among other things.
The former Minister of Aviation Chief Osita Chidoka, in his keynote address, x-rayed Achebe’s achievement, adding that he shared Achebe’s view that the trouble with Nigeria is leadership.
Traditional ruler of Ogidi, Igwe Alex Onyido, in his remarks, pledged to donate enough land for the citing of the proposed Achebe University in Ogidi town.
Former Commissioner for Information and Public Enlightenment to former Governor Willie Obiano of Anambra state, C. Don’t Adinuba recalled that as a prophet, Achebe predicted the Jan. 2, 1966 coup, July 29, 1966 counter coup and the December 1983 military coup that scuttled the second republic and they all came to pass.