Achebe was my hero-Akunyili

Chinua Achebe
Chinua Achebe

Dora Akinyuli pays tribute to Chinua Achebe.

A former Minister of Information, Dora Akunyili, on Sunday joined other prominent Nigerians in paying tributes to renowned novelist, Chinua Achebe, who died on Thursday.

The former minister described the literary giant as her hero, adding that the death was a great loss to the nation.

Chinua Achebe was not only from my state Anambra, he was also one of my heroes and role models right from my days at the University of Nigeria Nsukka where he taught,” Mrs. Akunyili said in a statement.

“I therefore feel a deep sense of personal loss by his death. It is like losing a part of me.

“Prof. Achebe’s death leaves a void not only in Nigeria and Africa but globally because he is one of the best novelist the world has ever produced,” she said.

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The former minister said that Mr. Achebe would be greatly missed; adding that Nigerians and indeed, the world should take solace in the rich legacies that he left behind.

Prof. Achebe, described by his admirers as the “Eagle on Iroko” is best known for his novel, `Things Fall Apart’.

Until his death, Prof. Achebe served as a professor at Brown University in the U.S. He died on March 21, at the age of 82 years.


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