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Chinua Achebe Literary Festival To Hold In Anambra Tomorrow

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Celebrated writers, intellec­tuals, literary activists, book lovers and top political figures will on Thursday converge in Awka, the capital city of Anambra State, as young writers in Anambra State host the 2023 Chinua Achebe Literary Festival and Memorial Lecture.

Mr. Izunna Okafor who is the Coordinator, Society of Young Nigerian Writers (Anambra State Chap­ter), made this known in Awka on Monday while giving update on the associ­ation’s preparedness for the 2023 edition of the event.

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According to him, Chinua Achebe Literary Festival and Memorial Lec­ture, initiated in 2016 and currently in its 8th edition, is a literary event the association annually hosts in honour of Nigerian literary icon, the Late Prof. Chinua Achebe, in celebration of his life, works and legacies. He added that this year’s event will (as usual) hold on Achebe’s birthday, November 16, 2023, at the Anambra State Central E-Library (also known as the Prof. Kenneth Dike State Library), Awka, starting at 10.am prompt; with many dignitaries and par­ticipants in attendance.

While revealing this year’s theme of the event as “Ten Years After… Remem­bering Achebe’s Legacies in Today’s Nigeria”; Okafor further disclosed that the 2023 Achebe Memorial Lecture will be delivered by the 2023 Labour Party Presidential candidate, Mr. Peter Obi, while the Anambra State Governor, Prof. Charles Chukwuma Soludo, would be the special guest of honour.

He added that this year’s event would be chaired by an award-winning writer and traditional ruler of Obosi, H.R.H. Igwe Chidubem Iweka; even as the tra­ditional ruler of Achebe’s hometown, Ogidi, H.R.H. Igwe Alex Uzo Onyido, will grace the occasion as the royal father of the day, among other dignitaries expect­ed at the event.

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