The Management and Staff of Nigeria LNG Limited, received with deepest sorrow and regrets, the news of the death of Africa’s literary icon, Prof. Chinua Achebe, last week in Boston, United States and have in a private letter extended to his family our most sincere sympathies and condolence on the bereavement
Achebe was a splendid man who was generous with advice when we did the spade work for the take off our prizes – The Nigeria Prize for Literature and The Nigeria Prize for Science. He was delighted to have been called to the Nigerian Hall of Fame by The Nigerian Academy of Science, The Nigerian Academy of Letters and Nigeria LNG Limited in a ceremony in October 2010 to mark Nigeria’s 50th anniversary.
But for his illness, Prof. Achebe would have honoured Nigeria LNG Limited’s invitation to chair the public presentation ceremony of the 2012 winner of the Nigeria Prize for Literature, Mrs. Chika Unigwe in January this year at University of Nigeria Nsukka (UNN).
In the words of the Managing Director of Nigeria LNG, Babs Omotowa, “the demise of the literary giant is a loss not only to Africa, but indeed to the entire literary and academic world. It is almost a personal loss to every writer and patron of writers. It is truly the felling of an iroko.”
He urged literary artists to emulate Achebe’s outstanding principles and great human values that placed him far beyond the fray of the ordinary.
We shall sourly miss his wisdom, his critical intelligence and his love for country and continent. We shall miss his literary charisma that imbued African literature which charm and disarming simplicity that even literary neophytes relish and cherish. We realize that we have lost a friend and mentor who professed not just by words but by deeds- a crusader for selfless leadership, and essayist for the good of the people.
We are however comforted that his place and his legacy are safely secured in the annals of history amongst the world’s greats.
NLNG is a Nigerian Joint Venture company whose shareholders are the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (49%), Shell Gas B.V. (25.6%), Total LNG Nigeria Limited (15%) and ENI International (N.A.) S.a.r.l (10.4%).
Kudo Eresia-Eke PhD.
Ag. General Manager,