The remains of the Author of the novelette, ‘Eze goes to school’, Chief Onuora Nzekwu, have been interred in his Onitsha home in Anambra State.
Nzewu who co-authored ‘Eze goes to school’ with Michael Crowder, died at the age of 89. He was buried on Friday at about 6pm.
In his tribute, governor Willie Obiano of Anambra State said Nzekwu was remarkable for his unequivocal endorsement of the universal principle of hard work and tenacity for the actualisation of great goals and ambitions.
“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.”
The Managing Director of NAN, Bayo Onanuga, described Nzekwu as a “national hero, who bestrodeed NAN firmament like the colossus that he was.”
Onanuga, represented by 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.”