By Jide Courage
The remains of renowned publisher, author and political activist, Chief Arthur Agwuncha Nwankwo, will be interred on 30 April 2020 at his hometown of Ajalli, Anambra State, the family announced today in a statement.
The burial will be preceded by a church service at St. Mark’s Anglican Church, Ajalli, according to a burial programme released by the family and sighted by eMetro.
The family also said that a service of songs will be arranged for his wake the day before, 29 April, at his family home, Nwankwo-Ezete Gardens in Ajalli.
The maverick politician and prodigious author passed on 1 February 2020 at the University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital, Ituku-Ozalla in Enugu State of Nigeria, aged 80.
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He was born on 19 August 1939, according to the family statement, which has clarified his age at the point of passage.
Prior to now, messages of solidarity and condolences to the family have come from the President of Nigeria, various state governors, the arts community, and pro-democracy organisations in Nigeria and worldwide, extolling the publisher of both pathfinding publishing businesses, Nwamife and its more famous successor, Fourth Dimension Publishers.
Dr. Arthur Nwankwo authored over two dozen books in his lifetime, all attempting to offer solutions to the multifarious problems of Nigeria and of his beloved Igbo ethnic group.
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The eulogies were succinctly captured in the statement released by Ekiti State Governor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi:
“Nigeria and indeed the civil society have lost a rare gem.
“Dr Nwankwo loved his people and his country so passionately, he would do everything humanly possible to ensure their freedom and prosperity in a free, just and decent society.
“Dr Nwankwo left no one in doubt regarding his stand on Nigeria, especially the unity and progress of the country.
“He was a bridge builder, who worked with others to confront military dictatorship; an irrepressible advocate of good governance, rule of law as well as a just society.
“We will miss the deep and insightful analysis of this great pan-Africanist on critical national issues, his courageous voice as well as his wise counsel.
“We are however comforted with the fact he lived an impactful life, made his mark and left a legacy of service and honour which will inspire many generations.”