Chinua Achebe Burial [Interment] – Live Blog

Prof. Chinua Achebe

The burial rites of Nigeria’s literary icon, Chinua Achebe, will begin properly with the arrival of his body at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja on Tuesday morning.

The rites will climax with his interment on Thursday, in his hometown, Ogidi, Anambra state. PREMIUM TIMES will provide updates on the burial as the events unfold.


Burial Arrangements



      DAY 1 May 19th Sunday DAY OF PRAYERS AND RELIGIOUS WORSHIP. 3.00pm.  National Christian Center, Abuja.It shall also hold at other Centres throughout Nigeria and beyond.
      DAY 2May 20th Monday ANA SYMPOSIUM Association of Nigerian Authors’ Symposium on the life and times of Professor Chinualumogu Achebe DAY OF TRIBUTES.Tributes from National and International leaders, writers and associates of Professor Achebe from all over the World. Arrangements will be made for those who are not present to relay their tributes via live telecast.A number of cultural troupes drawn from different parts of the Country shall perform during the night of tributes. 10.00am – 1.00pm.International Conference Centre, Abuja 5.00pm – 8.00pm.International Conference Centre, Abuja 
        DAY 3. May 21st Tuesday BODY ARRIVES NIGERIA. Airport Reception.Body will be received upon arrival by a delegation of Nigerian Leaders. Diplomatic and Cultural representatives from African Nations shall be in attendance to pay their respects.Cultural troupes from different parts of the African continent shall perform at the airport reception.Reception in the Federal Capital


Body departs for Enugu


Enugu Airport Reception.

The body shall be received at the Enugu airport by the South Eastern Governors under the chairmanship of H.E. Peter Obi, Governor of Anambra State/Ohanaeze leadership/Traditional Rulers.


Academic Procession and Ceremony

The University of Nigeria and sister Universities in the region and beyond, will participate in an academic procession and ceremony at the Enugu campus, where a short and solemn ceremony will be conducted.



Ohanaeze Night of Mourning and Ikoro Salute.

Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja. 


National Assembly





Akanu-Ibiam International Airport, Enugu.




University of Nigeria, Nsukka. Enugu Campus




7.00pm. Ohanaeze Secretariat, Park avenue, Enugu

     DAY 4.May 22ndWednesday   






 Body departs for Anambra State and is received at the boundary of Enugu and Anambra States by the Governor of Anambra State and other leaders.CELEBRATION OF LIFE CARNIVALA carnival of African culture shall be on display to celebrate the life and works of Chinua AchebeAll State Governors and Federal Ministers will participate.


The body departs Awka and will be received at Ogidi by members of the family, the President General of Ogidi Town Union, Ogidi Regent in Council and the Elders of Ogidi.


Body will then proceed and be received at the Idemmili Local Government Headquarters.


Body will proceed and be received at the Ogidi Town Hall.


Body will then proceed to Achebe’s compound for Christian Service of Songs.


Literary Obsequies and wake-keep by the Association of Nigerian Authors till dawn.

 Enugu-Anambra States Border.Alex Ekwueme Stadium. 







Idemmili Local Government Hqtrs,Ogidi


Ogidi Town Hall


Achebe’s Family Compound.


Achebe’s Family Compound.


       DAY 5. May 23rd Thursday  BURIAL SERVICE AND INTERMENTBody will lie in state in his residence. Family groups will undertake a procession.Body departs to the church for a traditional Anglican Burial Service 

The President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Dr Goodluck Ebele Jonathan and other Heads of State, State Governors, Diplomats and International Literary dignitaries will be in attendance.


Body moves back to the Family residence after the Church service for interment.


The family begins to receive condolence visits from guests.

Achebe’s Family Compound.St. Phillips Anglican Church, Ogidi. 





Achebe’s Family Compound.


Achebe’s Family Compound.

        DAY 6 May 24th Friday  IKWA OZU MUSLIM JU’MAT SERVICE.  Nigerians offer prayers. Achebe’s Family Compound.Central Mosque Abuja.
      DAY 7 May 25th Saturday  IKWA OZU CONTINUES Achebe’s Family Compound.
             DAY 8th May 26thSunday  CHRISTIAN  OUTING SERVICE/THANKSGIVING St Phillips Anglican Church, Ogidi.



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