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Tuesday, 17 November 2015

Nigerians urged to go back to reading

…As Enugu celebrates Prof. Anezi Okoro, author, One Week One Trouble, etc
The coal city state of Nigeria (Enugu) practically stood still recently when the Enugu State government, in conjunction with COAL CITY LITERARY FORUM (CCLF), Enugu, honoured and celebrated Prof. Anezionwu Nwankwo Okoro, author, One Week One Trouble, Double Trouble, The Village Headmaster and The Village School, etc. for influencing lives and shaping destinies through his creative writings.

The venue of the event was the popular OFUOBI AFRICA CENTRE, located at the Independence Layout, Enugu. The facility could not contain the large number of people who came to honour and celebrate the man of letters.
In his opening remarks, the Chairman of the occasion and former Union Bank Plc Chairman, Elder Kalu U. Kalu, eulogized Prof. Anezi Okoro for his efforts and contributions to the socio-political, economic and academic developments of the country while describing him as an asset who used his youthful and adult life to impact positively on the wellbeing of Nigerians in particular and many people across the globe. He enjoined Nigerians to emulate Prof. Anezi Okoro’s spirit of patriotism.
In her welcome address, the President of Coal City Literary Forum, Mrs. Adaobi Nwoye, thanked the Enugu State government for partnering with the literary forum to honour Prof. Anezi Okoro. She, however, expressed dismay at the decline of the reading culture among the people of South East. Stressing the need for people to go back to their books again, she praised Prof. Anezi Okoro’s efforts and ingenuity in inculcating into young people the love for reading through his numerous books, which have, in no small measures, helped in shaping the destinies of many people across the globe.
The keynote address was delivered by Prof. Chinedum Nebo, former Vice Chancellor of the University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN) and immediate past Minister of Power. Speaking on the topic, “THE GOOD SAMARITAN”, he likened Prof. Okoro to the good Samaritan in the Bible, in that, like that good Samaritan, he gave his undiluted love to humanity as to make him dedicate and devote his whole life in its service through his numerous works. He urged everyone present to emulate the “good Samaritan spirit” of Prof. Okoro by engaging in selfless productive ventures that would benefit the country in general. He thereafter called on the federal government to immortalize the celebrant for his numerous contributions to the nation.
Prof. Okoro’s citation was read by the Secretary of the organizing committee, Mrs. Chinemerem Anyi, while Prof. Damian Okpata, Head of English and Literary Studies, University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN) reviewed four out of his numerous books namely, One Week One Trouble, Double Trouble, The Village Headmaster and The Village School.
The grand finale of the event was when the 86-years-old erudite Prof was decorated and his numerous books unveiled. In his vote of thanks, Prof. Okoro thanked all who came to honour and celebrate him, while advising Nigerians to be selfless, efficient and patriotic in all their life pursuits. He also thanked Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State, his Chief of Staff, and the Commissioner for Education, Prof. Uche Eze, for making the event a success.

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