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Thursday, November 28, 2019

UN award: Obi applauds Chimamanda, charges govts to include work in school curricula – ITREALMS

The former governor of Anambra State and Vice-Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Mr. Peter Obi, has applauded the internationally-renowned author, Chimamanda Adichie on her recent United Nations Foundations Global Award on literature, reports ITREALMS.

He also enjoined governments and agencies responsible for school curricula to ensure the inclusion of the works and master-pieces of Nigerian authors such as Chimamanda who is internationally-acclaimed for their literary prowess.

Speaking to correspondents on arrival at the international wing of the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, Obi who was among world leaders that converged in New York to celebrate the Chimamanda’s award which begets glory to the country.

“As you can see, I am just returning from New York where I witnessed 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 about her numerous value-added activities, I remember the wise one that preferred to discover a single demonstration in Geometry than win the throne of Persia,” he said.

Obi also said it was heart-warming to learn that Chimamanda was the first Nigerian to win the award, stressing “We address her as an ‘Award-Winning Author’ as she has won many quality honours through her writings and advocacy. In most cases, she was the first African to win certain categories of those awards”.

ITREALMS reports that Obi recalled his invitation to Chimamanda to Anambra State during his tenure as the Governor, and said it was part of his efforts to encourage the youths to adopt people like her as role models rather than men devoid of honour and integrity, whose only credentials was being lucky to make money.

Obi further called on governments and agencies responsible for school curricula to include the works and master-pieces of Nigerian authors such as Chimamanda who is internationally-acclaimed for their literary prowess and finesse.

Uj. N. Dominic/Editor

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Pix: Mr. Peter Obi (middle) and the Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations Amina Mohammed (right) shortly after Chimamanda Adichie (left) received the UN Foundations Global leadership Award for her work on literature.




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