The Anambra International Airport has been officially renamed as the Chinua Achebe International Airport in honour of the celebrated Nigerian literary genius, Professor Chinua Achebe.
On October 1st, Anambra State Governor Charles Soludo made the announcement, stating that the airport would now bear Achebe’s name.
This decision is part of Governor Soludo’s agenda to pay tribute to individuals who have significantly contributed to the nation’s growth and development. He emphasized the importance of recognizing individuals outside of political positions for their contributions to the nation’s prosperity.
Governor Charles Soludo also reassured the public that his administration is committed to breaking away from the traditional Nigerian approach of primarily honouring political figures. He reiterated the government’s dedication to acknowledging the efforts of ordinary Nigerians who have played crucial roles in advancing the nation’s development.
Chinua Achebe is a renowned Nigerian author who is celebrated for his influential literary works. His masterpiece, “Things Fall Apart,” is a seminal novel that explores African culture’s collision with colonialism.
Other notable books include “No Longer at Ease,” “Arrow of God,” and “A Man of the People,” which delve into themes of tradition, modernity, and political corruption. Achebe’s writings have had a lasting impact, offering critical perspectives on Africa’s complex history and identity while showcasing his exceptional storytelling prowess.