Monday, May 20, 2013

Chinua Achebe Funeral: Writer Laid to Rest

Writer Chinua Achebe will be laid to rest this month. The funeral rites of the late renowned Nigerian writer and Poet, Chinua Achebe, began Sunday with prayers at the Ecumenical Centre in the capital city of Abuja. His remains will arrive Nigeria this week from the U.S where he died on 21 March at the age of 82.

Chinua Achebe Funeral
Chinua Achebe Funeral pictures
Chinua Achebe funeral plans:
The remains would be received at the Nnamdi Azikiwe Airport in the Nigerian capital by members of his family, representatives of the government as well as members of the Association of Nigerian Authors (ANA), before being flown to Enugu, where it would be received by Governors of the states in the region.
Chinua Achebe Funeral
Chinua Achebe burial photos

Bob Manuel Udokwwu, spokesman for the burial committee set up by Achebe's native Anambra state government to plan the week-long funeral, listed planned activities as including cultural events and reading of Achebe’s books on Monday

He said the University of Nigeria, Nsukka where the late writer lectured before travelling to the US, would also hold a procession for him, in addition to other ceremonies planned at the institution.

The activities will be rounded off in Achebe's home town of Ogidi on Thursday for a funeral service, expected to be attended by President Goodluck Jonathan.

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