Celebrating Chinua Achebe’s Literary Legacy: ANA’s Remarkable Efforts Under Camillus Ukah, By Wole Adedoyin



Under the leadership of Camillus Ukah, the Association of Nigerian Authors (ANA) has made commendable efforts to promote the name and legacy of Chinua Achebe, the renowned founder of the association.

Ukah’s presidency has witnessed several initiatives and projects that aim to honor Achebe’s literary contributions and ensure his enduring impact on the global literary landscape.

One notable project initiated by Camillus Ukah is the naming of the International Conference Centre as the Chinua Achebe International Conference Centre (CAICC).

This decision, made two years into his presidency, demonstrates the association’s commitment to recognizing Achebe’s invaluable contributions.

The CAICC, located at Mamman Vatsa Writers’ Village in Mpape Abuja, now serves as the venue for ANA’s annual International Convention and recently hosted the 10th-year anniversary commemoration of Chinua Achebe’s passing.

In addition to the CAICC, the establishment of The Chinua Achebe Literary Prize (CALP) stands as a testament to ANA’s dedication to preserving Achebe’s legacy.

CALP was founded in 2021 by the Anambra State government under the leadership of Governor Willie Obiano, with a generous cash prize of One Million Naira (N1,000,000). Administered by ANA, this prestigious literary prize honors Achebe’s memory and aims to promote literature in his name.

One of the most significant events organized by ANA to promote Chinua Achebe’s name and legacy was the recently concluded 10th Year Anniversary Commemorating his passing.

This three-day event held at the Chinua Achebe International Conference Centre brought together esteemed figures from the literary world.

Eminent scholars and writers such as Names of notable figures that graced the occasion are: Prof. Femi Osofisan, Prof. Olu Obafemi, Prof. Akachi Ezeigbo, Prof. Abdulrasheed N’ Allah, Prof. Terhemba Shija, Prof. Udenta Udenta, Prof. Vicky Syvester, Prof. Nuhu Yaqub, Prof. Damian Akpata and Rev. Fr. Prof. Christian Anieke, Dr. Emmanuel Ojukwu, Prof. Mallam Al-Bishak, Prof. Emeka Aniagolu, Prof. Nduka Otiono, Prof. Francis Eghokhare, Dr. John Otu, Dr. Wale Okediran, Prof. May Nwoye, Mallam Denja Abdullahi, Prof. Emmanuel Dan Daura, Prof. Jeo Ushie, Prof. E.E Sule, Dike Chukwumerije, Prof. Mabel Evwierhoma, Dr. Abba A. Abba, Nengi IIlagha, Lindsay Barret, Nze Ozichukwu Chukwu, Prof. Razinat Mohammed and many others graced the occasion, reflecting the reverence and respect accorded to Achebe’s literary contributions.

Through these initiatives, ANA under Camillus Ukah’s leadership has successfully elevated the prominence of Chinua Achebe’s name and ensured that his legacy continues to inspire and influence future generations. The CAICC serves as a permanent reminder of Achebe’s enduring impact, hosting important literary events that keep his works alive.

Furthermore, the establishment of CALP reinforces Achebe’s significance and offers aspiring writers an opportunity to be recognized in his honor.

ANA’s efforts under Camillus Ukah’s presidency go beyond mere symbolism. By organizing the 10th Year Anniversary Commemoration, the association has provided a platform for scholars and intellectuals to engage with Achebe’s works and explore the far-reaching implications of his literary contributions.

This event has fostered a sense of community and scholarship, contributing to the preservation and propagation of Achebe’s legacy.

Finally, ANA, led by Camillus Ukah, has wholeheartedly embraced the responsibility of promoting Chinua Achebe’s name and legacy.

The naming of the Chinua Achebe International Conference Centre, the establishment of CALP, and the successful organization of the 10th Year Anniversary Commemoration all bear testament to the association’s commitment to honoring Achebe’s literary genius.

These endeavors ensure that Achebe’s influence remains significant and that his invaluable contributions continue to shape the literary landscape of Nigeria and the world at large.

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