A news source reaching Wazobia has said that the Iconic author, Prof. Chinua Achebe, may be buried next month in his hometown, Ikenga Ogidi in Idemilii North Local Government Area of Anambra State.
Achebe died after a brief illness at an undisclosed hospital in Boston, United States on March 21.
extended family members in Ogidi, who spoke to Saturday PUNCH did not
want to commit themselves to any date till his children come home from
their base in the US, sources in the state government said Governor
Peter Obi had already consented to the fixing of a date in May.
The governor met with Achebe’s children in the US last week.
contacted, the Commissioner for Information, Culture and Tourism, Chief
Joemartins Uzodike, told Saturday PUNCH that the burial arrangements
would only be published after the family had formally briefed the state
“Though I cannot officially confirm it to you yet, from what I hear, the burial will likely be in May,” Uzodike said.
former President General of Ikenga Ogidi Family Union, Dr. Emmanuel
Obianagha, also told our correspondent that the author of Things Fall
Apart might be buried in May.
Meanwhile, the country home of
Achebe on Ogidi – Abatete Road remained shut on Thursday when our
correspondent visited the place.
Sympathisers had to go to the
local government headquarters and Government House, Awka to sign a
condolence register opened for the late writer.
government has promised to give Achebe a grand burial in line with its
policy to honour every Anambra citizen that has brought honour to the
In a related development, a close aide to Governor Peter
Obi confirmed the burial plans to one of our correspondents mid-way into
a meeting at the Governor’s Lodge in Amawbia area of Anambra State
Insisting not to be mentioned, the aide said the meeting involved some principal aides to Obi and members of Achebe’s family.
source said, “So far, from their discussion, the late Achebe would be
buried next month (May) but there is no final conclusion on the exact
“Three dates – May 11, 18 and 25 – have been thrown up for
consideration, but that of May 11 is likely to be adopted going by the
body language of his family members.
“Aside that, it is believed
that May 11 would be ideal because the government does not want the
burial activities to extend into the Democracy Day programmes for May
29, considering that it would be Governor Obi’s last Democracy Day in
“However, one thing that is certain is that if he
(Achebe) is not buried on May 11, he would be buried anytime immediately
after Democracy Day celebration on May 29.”