By Jude Atupulazi
The immediate past Governor of Anambra State and Vice Presidential candidate of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, Mr. Peter Obi, has congratulated the award-winning author, Chimamanda Adichie, on her recent United Nations Foundation’s Global Leadership Award for her work on literature. Obi was speaking to Airport correspondents at the international wing of Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja,
Obi, who was among the world leaders that converged on New York to celebrate the award, said: ‘As you can see, I am just returning from New York where I had gone to witness the award to Chimamanda who has continued to conquer the literary world, thus bringing honour and glory to Nigeria. Each time I read her books or read about her numerous value-adding activities, I remember the wise one that preferred to discover a single demonstration in Geometry than win the throne of Persia. Indeed, the world is celebrating those who are contributing to changing the world and this is possible principally through education.’
Obi, who expressed delighted at attending the event, said it was heart-warming to learn that she was the first Nigerian to win the award. ‘You see why we call her an award-winning author – she has been able to win so many quality awards through her writings and advocacy. In most cases, she was the first African to win certain categories of those awards,’ Obi said.
Recalling his invitation to Chimamanda to Anambra State as the Governor, Obi said it was part of his efforts to encourage the youth to take people like her as role models, rather than men devoid of honour and integrity, whose only credentials was being lucky to make money.
Concluding, Obi called for Governments at all levels that had anything to do with school curricula to include the works and masterpieces of Nigerian authors such as Chimamamda, acclaimed for their literary finesse.