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Prof Anezi Okoro celebrated in Enugu

The coal city state of Nigeria (Enugu) practically stood still on Thursday the 29th of October 2015 as all socio-political, economic and religious activities gave way, as a mark of honour, to the man of the moment whose contributions to the growth of humanity,  especially in the field of education, is yet to be equaled in the country by anybody.
The Enugu State Government in conjunction with COAL CITY LITERARY FORUM (CCLF) Enugu honoured and celebrated a man who has influenced lives, shaped destinies and impacted on many lives through creative writings and whose communicative abilities are vividly down to earth and descriptively impacting with touches that have remained evergreen.
The venue of the occasion was the popular OFUOBI AFRICA CENTRE, Independence layout, Enugu. The facility could not contain the large number of people who came to honour and indeed celebrate Professor Anezionwu Nwankwo Okoro, to the extent that “grasses suffered untold hardship”.
In his opening remarks, the Chairman of the occasion and former Union Bank Plc Chairman, Elder Kalu U. Kalu eulogized Professor Anezi Okoro for his efforts and contributions to the socio-political, economic and academic developments of the country; describing him as an asset who used his youthful and adult life to impact positively on the well being of Nigerians in particular and people across the globe in general. Elder Kalu enjoined Nigerians to emulate Professor Anezi Okoro’s Spirit of Patriotism.
In her welcome address, the President of Coal City Literary Forum, Mrs.Adaobi Nwoye thanked the Enugu State Government for partnering with the literary forum to honor Professor Anezi Okoro. She however expressed dismay at the decline on the reading culture of the people of South East, stressing the need on why people should go back to their books again. She praised Professors Anezi Okoro’s efforts and ingenuity through his numerous books, in inculcating young people with the love and appetite for reading, which has in no small measures helped in shaping the destinies of many people across the globe.
The key note address was delivered by Professor Chinedum Nebo, the former Vice Chancellor of the University of Nigeria, Nsukka and Immediate Past Minister of Power. He spoke on the topic, “THE GOOD SAMARITAN”. Professor Nebo used the story of the Good Samaritan as was written in the Bible in St. Luke gospel Chapter 10 from verse 30 to 37 to prove Professor Anezi Okoro’s undiluted love for humanity, which made him to dedicate and devote his whole life in its service through his numerous works. The former minister eloquently urged all to emulate the “good Samaritan spirit” of Professor Anezi Okoro by engaging in selfless productive ventures and exploits that would benefit the country in general; He thereafter called on the federal government to immortalize the celebrant for his numerous contributions to the nation.
Professor Anezi Okoro’s Citation was read by the Secretary of the organizing committee, Mrs. Chinemerem Anyi, while Professor Damian Okpata, Head of English and literary studies, University of Nigeria Nsukka reviewed four out of his numerous books namely (1) One Week One Trouble (2) Double Trouble (3) The Village Headmaster and (4) The Village School.
The grand finale of the event was when the 86 years old Professor was decorated and his numerous books unveiled. Former President Olusegun Obasanjo as the father of the day was represented by His Royal Highness Eze Ambassador Lawrence Agubuzor (Chairman, Enugu State Council of Traditional Rulers).
In his vote of thanks, Professor Anezi Okoro thanked all who came to honour and celebrate him. He however advised Nigerians to be selfless, efficient and patriotic in all their lives pursuits, assuring that the Good Lord would bless their hands of labour. The Erudite Professor also thanked Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State, His Chief of Staff, and the Commissioner for Education, Professor Uche  Eze for making  the event  a success.

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