The author of the famous school literature book, Eze goes to school, Chief Onuora Nzekwu has been buried in his Onitsha home in Anambra State on Friday. Nzewu who co-authored the book with Michael Crowder, died aged 89.
Governor Willie Obiano of Anambra State eulogised Nzekwu for his unequivocal endorsement of the universal principle of hard work and tenacity for the actualisation of great goals and ambitions.
He said, “An illustrious son of Onitsha, Onuora was a generation of writers that projected the African identity about studiousness and its relation to an alien civilization.
“He was a writer with an insight that affirms the eternal truth of his convictions; he was one of the unassuming but great talents that molded many lives on the studious path to self-actualization.”
In his own tribute, the Managing Director of NAN, Bayo Onanuga, described Nzekwu as a “national hero, who bestrode NAN firmament like the colossus that he was.”
Mr. Onanuga, represented by Mrs. Kate Popoola, NAN Head of Lagos Operations, said Nzekwu charted the course of NAN’s future glory to build Africa’s biggest news agency.
“The NAN, he nurtured, is still standing till date and the Federation of Nigeria had rightly honoured him with the Order of the Niger (OON) prestigious merit award.
“While he was the MD, Lagos which was the headquarters then, won’t get their salaries until everybody in the outstation had been paid their salaries and entitlements.”