Tuesday, May 21, 2013
Achebe’s Burial Rites Begin, As Body Arrives In Nigeria.
The rites will climax with his interment on Thursday, in his hometown, Ogidi, Anambra State, South East Nigeria.
The body of the late writer arrived in Nigeria at about 8am on board an Overland Airline jet.
A Service of Songs was conducted in honour of the late literary icon at the airport before an Igbo traditional dance group performed outside the venue. The body was expected to be taken to the National Assembly for a reception there but this part of the programme was shelved and no official reason was given for the change of plan as at the time of this report.
After the brief service of song at the Airport, the body of the late Achebe was conveyed back to into the Overland Airline jet and flown to Enugu.
The body is expected in Awka, the Anambra State capital, on Wednesday May 22 preceded by a border reception at Amansea by a cross section of Anambra people.
This would be followed by a short service for him at the Alex Ekwueme Square also in Awka. The body would arrive in his hometown, Ogidi, the same day for a funeral service at St. Phillip's Anglican Church, Akpakaogwe, Ogidi, to be followed by interment on Thursday, May 23.