UNN mourns Achebeon april 03, 2013 at 11:17 pm in achebe: exit of a literary giant
Management, staff and students of the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Enugu State, are in a state of mourning following the death of world renowned literary icon, Prof. Chinua Achebe.
Consequently, the Faculty of Arts of the institution has opened a condolence register for students, staff and well wishers of the literary colossus at the faculty building.
Late Prof Chinua Achebe
In his tribute, Vice-Chancellor of the University, Prof. Bartho Okolo described Achebe as “one of the academic titans whose presence on the faculty served as a beacon of light that drew the world to the University of Nigeria.
“The University of Nigeria commiserates with his family, the global literary and academic communities and all mankind on the loss of our distinguished former faculty member.”
The chief principal officer opined that as part of preparations to honour Achebe, flags in the university will fly at half-mast while UNN will unfold a programme to honour him.
Dr. Chijioke Onwura, Associate dean of the faculty posed a rhetoric question in his tribute when he asked, “finally, the eagle on the Iroko departs. What happens to the Iroko?”
Students, not to be outdone by their lecturers also had one or two things to write about Chinua Achebe. Ukoenang Linus, president of Mass Communication Students Association, said; “Nigeria has lost a ‘truth teller’ and the students will miss his academic prowess and skills. May he rest in peace.”
It will be recalled that Professor Achebe was a lecturer at the Faculty of Arts, UNN, where he still has an office till date. He however, left the country after an auto accident which confined him to the wheel chair