Group wants Nigerian Government to declare Achebe’s home a national monument

Prof. Chinua Achebe

Achebe was buried in his home in Ogidi, Anambra State.

The Human Rights Writers Association on Friday called on the Federal Government to declare Professor Chinua Achebe’s home in Ogidi, Anambra State, a national monument.

The National Coordinator of the association, Emmanuel Onwubiko, made the call in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Abuja.

Mr. Onwubiko said it would be one of the ways to immortalise the intellectual and cultural achievements made by Achebe.

“The declaration of the personal estate of the late legend will be another way of preserving the edifice for generations yet unborn.

“It will also serve as means to appreciate the gift of such an enormously talented writer who put Nigeria on the world positive intellectual stage,’’ he said.

Mr. Onwubiko said the association was planning to organise a national human rights lecture in Abuja to honour Mr. Achebe. He urged the Federal Ministry of Education to translate Mr. Achebe’s works to enable people at the grassroots to understand. He added that such translation would enable greater appreciation of enormous volume of creative works produced by Mr. Achebe.

Mr. Onwubiko added that Mr. Achebe’s works advanced the promotion and protection of the rights of Nigerians.

Mr. Achebe was buried in Ogidi in Idemili North Local Government Area of Anambra State.

(NAN)


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