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Achebe was my hero - Akunyili

24 March 2013, 15:19

Abuja - A former Minister of Information, Prof. Dora Akunyili on Sunday in Abuja  joined other prominent Nigerians to pay tribute to Prof. Chinua Achebe.

The former minister described the literary giant as her hero, adding that the death was  a great loss to the nation.

 This is contained in a statement, signed by Mr Isaac Umunna, Special Assistant (Media) to the former minister.

 "Chinua Achebe was not only from my state Anambra, he was also one of my heroes and role models right from my days at the University of Nigeria Nsukka where he taught.

"I therefore feel a deep sense of personal loss by his death. It is like losing a part of me.

"Prof. Achebe’s death leaves a void not only in Nigeria and Africa but globally because he is one of the best novelist the world has ever produced,” she said.

The former minister said that Achebe would be greatly missed, adding that  Nigerians and indeed, the world should take solace in the rich legacies that he left behind.

Achebe, described by his admirers as the "Eagle on Iroko'' is best known for his novel, Things Fall Apart.

Until his death, Achebe served as a professor at Brown University in the U.S. He died on March 21, at the age of 82 years.


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