The recent celebration of the 10th Anniversary of the demise of globally renowned literary giant, Prof. Chinua Achebe, will remain memorable as a historic festival of culture, music and dance as well as an intellectual feast, through a Symposium on the writer’s book, The Trouble With Nigeria.
Labour Party (LP) Presidential Candidate and former Governor of Anambra, Achebe’s home state, Mr. Peter Obi, was the Keynote Speaker at the Symposium.
Intellectuals from far and near attended the program as well as family members of the author of Things Fall Apart, Arrow of God, Man of the People, Anthills of the Savannah and other celebrated works, led by the late sage’s wife, Professor (Mrs.) Christie Achebe and his son, Dr. Chidi Achebe.
Cultural icons, including His Majesty Chief Alex Onyido, the Igwe of Achebe’s hometown, Ogidi, and titled Chiefs (Ozo title holders) as well as music legends, poets and other art personalities were also not left out of the celebration.
The two-pronged program, the Achebe International Symposium and the Memorial Event, hosted by Princeton University, New Jersey, United States of America (USA) in partnership with the Christie and Chinua Achebe Foundation, was ably put together by the Director of Africa World Initiative and Director of the Program in African Studies at Princeton University, Professor Chika Okeke-Agulu, a Robert Schirmer Professor of Art & Archaeology and African American Art at Princeton, a Fellow of the British Academy and Slade Professor of Fine Art, University of Oxford.
Here are some pictures from the memorable program.