Immortalise Achebe, Name National Library After Him – Reps

Nigerian author Chinua Achebe gestures during a news conference held during Frankfurt bookfair October 12, 2002.The House of Representatives on Tuesday passed a resolution asking the Federal Government to immortalise the late Prof. Chinua Achebe by naming the National Library after him.

This was sequel to a motion raised on the floor of the House by Mr Charles Odedo – member representing Idemili-North/South Federal Constituency of Anambra State.

The House observed a minute’s silence in honour of the literary icon that passed away last week Thursday in Boston, United States of America, at the age of 82.

Odedo, in the motion, ‘Tribute to Prof. Chinua Achebe’, said the late novelist and poet, contributed immensely to education and the development of African literature in his lifetime.

He noted that his 1958 classic, Things Fall Apart, brought Nigeria fame by “attaining worldwide recognition.”

Odedo added, “We urge the Federal Government to name the National Library under construction after Achebe or any other national monument.”

Odedo drew attention to one of Achebe’s books, The Trouble with Nigeria, saying it identified “bad leadership and bad governance as the problem with Nigeria.”

The House also condoled with his family over his death.


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