‘Eze Goes to School’ author is dead

Pa Nzekwu became known for his book entitled Eze Goes to School, written in 1963.

Onuorah Nzekwu

He died at the age of 89 on Friday, April 21, 2017. The cause of his death is yet to be ascertained.

The sad news was confirmed to Daily Post on Saturday, April 22, 2017, by Denja Abdulahi, president, Association of Nigerian Authors, ANA.

He described the late Nzekwu as an icon, who would be greatly missed.

Expressing his condolences to the family of the deceased over the incident, Abdulahi said the late writer would be remembered for his literary works, which preached about the importance of education, forever.

“Yes, it is true but I can’t confirm what actually the real cause of his death was; but it is a big loss to the Nigerian literary community.

“We would miss him dearly and we pray God to grant the literary icon eternal rest in his bosom,” he said.

Asked about the role ANA is playing in providing help to the aged and struggling writers, Abdulahi said the association needs to take a census of those writers who are still alive so as to make the necessary moves.

“Well, ANA is doing its best but we still need to take census of those icons alive. We can do more of cooperative programmes for them. We might not have the money but we still need to know them.

“For instance, we have a large portion of land in Mpape, Abuja for the association, the government can come in and build houses for those literary icons,” he added.

Nzekwu was born on February 19, 1928, in Kafanchan, Kaduna State, and explored the internal conflicts inherent in the relationship of the educated Igbo to traditional Igbo culture.

In 1963 he published a children’s book, Eze Goes to School (written with Michael Crowder), and his third novel, Highlife for Lizards, appeared in 1965.

The deceased icon also worked as a teacher, civil servant, and journalist also wrote Wand of Noble Wood, Blade Among the Boys and other fictional and non-fictional works.

He was also the pioneer general manager of News Agency of Nigeria.

May his soul rest in peace.

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