March 22, 2013 – Prophet Obadare & Chinua Achebe’ Death: 2 Nigerian Legends Died On The Same Day
Just yesterday Nigeria was hit with the sudden death of popular Nigerian evangelist Obadare who passed away in his hometown of Akure, Ondo state Nigeria at the age of 83.
Few hours later, we learnt of the death of Nigerian literacy icon, the writer of Things fall apart novel, Prof. Chinua Achebe.
Chinua Achebe died at age 82 in Boston, Massachusetts on Thursday after a prolonged battle with an age-related illness.
Evangelist Obadare’s Death: Reactions From Famous Nigerians
Reacting to the death of the famous Bible preacher, the former President, Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor said the late Prophet Obadare’s death came to him as a shock, adding that he was a great man.
“It’s a shock. I’m surprised. He’s an elderly man quite alright but we never thought he would go so soon.
“He was a great man who contributed his quota to evangelism in Nigeria and Africa. We’re surely going to miss him.
“Obviously, God has called him and there is nothing we can do than to wish him good night,” Oritsejafor who spoke from the United Kingdom, said.
In his own comments, the General Evangelist of the Christ Apostolic Church Worldwide, Prophet Samuel Kayode Abiara described the late Obadare as “our father in the Lord and a genuine prophet of God.”
“He was our father in the Lord, a genuine prophet of God. He was a prophet of prophets, pastor of pastors. He was a pastor with uncommon grace and favour. He was an international preacher.
“What I found interesting about him is that if he ask you to read the Bible and you make a mistake, he will correct you.
“Well, he is dead, nobody can query God. We’ll miss him. We must all emulate him. He worked all day to promote God. He preached the scriptures all over the world. God used him mightily. His preaching was centred on salvation. He was a wonderful man of God” – Abiara told PM news this morning
Chinua Achebe’s Death – Nigerian Literacy Icon Gone Too Soon
According to Sahara reporter, Chinua Achebe was born on November 16, 1930 and was educated at Government College Umuahia and University College, Ibadan. At Ibadan, Professor Achebe was initially admitted to study medicine, but he decided to change his areas of concentration to literature, history and religion.
After graduating from university, he worked for Radio Nigeria, rising to the post of director of External Broadcasting. He also began his career as a writer, catapulting himself to the height of Africa’s most widely read novelist. His first novel, Things Fall Apart, is the largest selling book by any African author. The novel has sold more than 10 million copies and has been translated into approximately sixty languages around the world. The classic work was followed by such other novels as No Longer At Ease, Arrow of God, A Man of the People, and Anthills of the Savannah. In addition, Achebe authored several books of essays, including Morning Yet on Creation Day, Hopes and Impediments, Home and Exile, and The Education of a British-Protected Child. Professor Achebe also published two books of poetry, a collection of short stories entitled Girls At War, a political polemic titled The Trouble With Nigeria, and several children’s books. His works won numerous literary prizes, including the Man Booker Prize and the Gish Prize for artistic excellence which he received in 2010.
Professor Achebe’s latest book, There Was A Country: A Personal History of Biafra, generated great controversy and debate in Nigeria and around the world when it was published in October of 2012. The book is Achebe’s insider account of his formation as a writer as well as a series of crises that led to Nigeria’s civil war in which a reported two million people perished.
During the Nigerian civil war (1967-1970), Achebe served as an envoy of the secessionist state of Biafra.
Achebe was the scourge of bad rulers in Nigeria and elsewhere in Africa. His book The Trouble With Nigeria criticized Nigerian leaders for their “failure of leadership.” He twice rejected offers of Nigerian national honors in protest against the policies of former President Olusegun Obasanjo and incumbent President Goodluck Jonathan. However, he won the inaugural edition of the Nigerian National Merit Award in the mid-1980s.
Achebe is survived by his wife, Christie Chinwe Achebe, a professor of psychology, and four children – Chinelo (a professor), Ikechukwu (a researcher and academic), Chidi (a medical doctor based in Boston, Massachusetts), and Nwando (a professor of history at Michigan State University) – as well as several grandchildren.
Obadare & Chinua Achebe’ Death: An Interesting Coincidence
Obadare passed away on Thursday at age 83 while Chinua Achebe died few hours later on the same day at age 82…. What an interesting coincidence!
The legends of our time are gone….
May their souls rest in perfect peace!