By Blessing Dennis
The Society of Young Nigerian Writers (SYNW), Anambra State Chapter has visited the Managing Director of Anambra Broadcasting Service (ABS), Sir. Chido Obidiegwu ahead of their 2023 edition of the Chinua Achebe Literary Festival and Memorial Lecture.
The visit, according to the group, was to discuss potential areas of collaboration with the ABS ahead of the event slated for 16th November, 2023 where they will also unveil their annual publication, Chinua Achebe Poetry/Essay Anthology, titled ‘Anthills of Words’, at the Festival.
When presented, this year’s edition of the anthology will be eighth international edition which the association has produced in honor of the literary icon.
The delegation was led on the visit by the Coordinator of the chapter, Mr. Izunna Okafor. Also among the delegation included Sandra Nwadi and Kanu Chioma Angel.
In his speech, Mr Okafor expressed gratitude to ABS for their continuous support and coverage of literary events in the state over the years, saying that the purpose of their visit was to establish a stronger bond for an ongoing promotion of activities that encourage writing and creative work.
He said the event, which holds on the posthumous birthday of the revered father of African literature, will bring together writers, poets, and enthusiasts while uniting them in the spirit of honoring thier tradition and fostering the literary culture in Anambra state.
Responding, Sir Chido promised that the ABS will continue promoting literary endeavors in the region and described the late Chinua Achebe as the best gift from God to Ogidi, Ndi Anambra and Nigeria at large. He also commended Governor Chukwuma Soludo for renaming Anambra International Passenger and Cargo Airport after Prof. Chinua Achebe.
The visit also featured presentation of recent editions of the Chinua Achebe Poetry/Essay Anthology to the MD.