The Director General, National Orientation Agency (NOA), Mr. Mike Omeri has described the late icon of literary genius, Professor Chinua Achebe as a symbol of Nigeria’s rich human resource from which the whole world benefits.
Mr. Omeri who was reacting to the news of the death of the literary icon said it was “shocking to hear that such a man whose wealth of knowledge, experience and insight would have benefitted the nation more at this transformational moment in our history is no more”.
He noted that Achebe’s works, especially the legendary fiction “Things Fall Apart” have helped nurture the minds of Nigerian children as well as those of several nations across the world in successive ages, stressing that “that is the true nature of the Nigerian factor”. He said “As an accomplished academic, Chinua Achebe has mentored other talents that now also make Nigeria proud in the literary world”.
Omeri was optimistic that “Things Fall Apart” as well as Achebe’s other works such as “Anthills of the Savannah”, “No Longer at Ease”, “The Trouble with Nigeria” and lately “There was a Country” will continue to find relevance in literary training and provision of insight into the workings of the Nigerian nation for many generations to come just like those of other notable writers.
While condoling with the Achebe family and all Nigerians, the NOA Director General urged Nigerians to take solace in his enduring legacies and to emulate his deep faith in the unity and progress of Nigeria.