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RIVERS State governor, Barr Nyesom Wike has described the late literary icon, Captain Elechi Amadi, as an illustrious son who combined science and literature to promote the development of the society. Speaking during the staging of selected plays in honour of the late novelist at Obi Wali International Conference Centre, Port Harcourt, to mark the beginning of series of events slated for his burial, Governor Wike said although Elechi Amadi was a graduate of Physics and Mathematics, he ventured into Literature and became a literary giant. The governor, who was represented by his deputy, Mrs. Ipalibo Harry Banigo, stated that the literary works of the late Captain Amadi were purely indigenous to Africa in contrast to what was obtainable in the western world. He noted that late Amadi had written not less than 20 plays and novels, which were very educative and had affected the lives of many people in the society positively. According to him, “In the academia, many have obtained their first degrees, Masters degrees and PhD degrees by studying the literary works of late Captain Elechi Amadi. Therefore, as we gather here today at this historic moment to honour the late literary giant by staging two of his works, Isiburu and the Great Pond, we should reflect on the positive contributions of this great son of Rivers State.” The governor urged the people of Rivers State not to see the events slated for the burial of Amadi as another display of talent, but should rather be touched by his demise and see how they could learn from his works and apply the principles contained therein to mitigate the numerous social problems bedevilling the society. He recalled that the late Amadi was not just a scientist and literary giant, but he also served the state as a permanent secretary, Commissioner for Education, Commissioner for Lands and Housing, lecturer at the then Rivers State College of Education and chairman, Rivers State Scholarship Board, among others. The governor noted that the late Amadi’s footprints on the sands of time were too numerous to exhaust and further described him as a great man, a true son of Rivers State who brought several honours and accolades to the state, and that that the state government therefore had no option than to accord him a state burial.

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