Chinua Achebe: Four years on, how and what do we honour?


By Steve Orji

It was hard knock on the spine to wake up and find in the news that Governor Rochas Okorocha had erected a life-size statue of President Jacob Zuma of South Africa in Imo State among other yet-to-be-unveiled statues in what seems to be a new gallery of spectacular unknown heroes.

Prof. Chinua Achebe

What could have galvanised this governor into such an honour-spree, extravaganza?

Okorocha may have dug deep into the moral anatomy of Nigeria and have found it an easy haven for misplaced, mischievous honours.

And it was so cheap! Nigeria made!

To make certain that Okorocha was not alone in this enterprise, the APC-led administration acknowledged his feat for honouring a serving president battling with allegations of corruption in his own country.

And Nigeria thus endorsed it.

The late Chinua Achebe remains unassailable in the Nigerian context of honouring. Twice he…

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