Thursday, 4 May 2017

Bishop Ezeokafor advocates for immortalisation of Author Onuorah Nzekwu

By Abuchi Onwumelu

The Catholic bishop of Awka Diocese, His Lordship Most Rev. Paulinus Ezeokafor has expressed sadness over the demise of Onuorah Nzekwu the author of the popular novel "Eze  Goes To School"and first General Manager of News Agency of Nigeria (NAN),who died on Friday, 21 April, 2017 in his home in Onitsha at the age of 89.

  In a condolence message made available to Newsmen in Awka and signed by Abuchi Onwumelu, Media Adviser to the bishop, Bishop Ezeokafor, said Nzekwu left behind a legacy worthy of emulation.

  'The young and old can comfortably remember him for his literary works, especially "Eze Goes to School". We miss him and his creativity; his death was a great loss.

   Bishop Ezeokafor who is the chairman Catholic Bishops' Conference of Nigeria, CBCN's, Committee on Laity while condoling with late Nzekwu's family called for the immortalisation of the late novelist. He prayed God for the quick repose of his soul and also to give his family the fortitude to bear the loss.

   'Local, State and Federal Government should  immortalise the great literary icon,' he pleaded.

   Fides reports that  Nzekwu was born on Feb. 19, 1928 in Kafanchan, Kaduna state and died on April 21, 2017 in his hometown, Onitsha in Anambra at the age of 89.

  He served as General Manager of NAN from 1979 to 1985 and wrote several other notable novels including Wand of Noble Wood (1962), Blade Among The Boys (1963) and Eze Goes to School.



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