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Reps urge FG to name a national monument after Chinua Achebe


The House of Representatives has called on the Federal Government to name the National Library under construction or any other monument in the country in honour of the late Chinua Achebe.

This followed a motion by Charles Odedo (ACN -Anambra) entitled, ‘Tribute to Professor Chinua Achebe’ which was adopted on Tuesday in Abuja when put to vote by the speaker, Aminu Tambuwal.

Moving the motion earlier, Odedo said that Achebe, the Nigerian literary icon, died on Thursday, March 21, in Boston, United States of America.

The legislator further said that Achebe brought honour to Nigeria with his literary works that included his novel ‘Things Fall apart’.

He said that the novel, which was written in 1958, about 50 years ago, had been translated into more than 50 languages, and had sold more than 12 million copies worldwide.

Odedo said that the late Achebe in 1992 became the first living writer to be represented in Everyman’s Library Collection.

Contributing to the debate, Hassan Saleh (PDP-Benue) said that Achebe was one of the greatest human beings to have emerged from Nigeria.