The governor of Anambra State, Governor Chukwuma Soludo, has decided to rename the state’s International Passenger and Cargo Airport. The airport will now be called the Chinua Achebe International Airport, in honor of the late novelist.
Chinua Achebe, a native of Ogidi in Anambra State, passed away in 2013 at the age of 82. He was a renowned Nigerian novelist, poet, and critic who made a significant impact on African literature. Governor Soludo described Achebe as an unsung hero of Africa.
Governor Soludo emphasized that Achebe was not just a hero in Anambra or Nigeria, but a hero for Africa and the world. Despite his global recognition, Achebe was not celebrated enough in his home country.
The governor believes that legacy is not just about physical structures like buildings and roads. It is about the impact a person has on the lives of others and the progress of civilization. Achebe’s contributions to literature will outlive many political leaders.
Achebe had previously rejected national honors from Nigeria twice due to perceived injustice towards his home state. Now, Anambra State will finally honor him by renaming the airport after him. The decision was made after extensive consultations.
The airport will be an international one, and the governor hopes to work with the Federal Government to ensure its international status is fully recognized.
Governor Soludo urged Nigerians to believe in the potential greatness of their country and to work together to make Nigeria a better place. He acknowledged that there will be challenges along the way, but emphasized the importance of striving for stability, growth, and sustainability.