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Nigerian authors mourn Festus Iyayi

14 November 2013, 16:20

Abuja -The Association of Nigerian Authors (ANA) on Thursday described the death of the former President of ASUU, Festus Iyayi as a loss to the academic and the literary world.

The association’s National President, Prof. Remi Raji, shared this sentiment with journalists in Abuja.

Raji said that the literary giant stood for truth and justice, while describing the late Iyayi as a member of different Nigerian literary organisations.

The association National Vice President, Denja Abdullahi described the death of Iyayi as painful and unwarranted at the time the academic union "is faced with great challenges".

He said that Iyayi's place in the history of revolutionary and Marxist aesthetics literature was already assured and would not be forgotten.

Abdullahi said that the deceased was in tune with his feisty character to have died in the course of active struggle for the liberation of the union.

According to him, Iyayi took his vision for a better society beyond the text by engaging in popular people-oriented activism.

Iyayi died in a motor accident on Tuesday morning along Lokoja-Abuja highway at the age of 66.

Iyayi was on his way to the ASUU National Executive Council NEC meeting in Kano.


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