Obi congratulates Chimamanda on UN award

The Vice Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Mr. Peter Obi, has congratulated the award-winning author, Chimamanda Adichie, on her recent United Nations Foundations Global Leadership Award for her work on literature.
Obi spoke at the international wing of the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja.

The Anambra State former governor, who was among the world leaders that converged on New York to celebrate the award, said: “As you can see, I am just returning from New York where I had gone to witness the award to Chimamanda, who has continued to conquer the literary world thus bringing honour and glory to Nigeria. Each time I read her books or read about her numerous value-adding activities, I remember the wise one that preferred to discover a single demonstration in Geometry than win the throne of Persia.
“Indeed, the world is celebrating those who are contributing to changing the world and this is possible principally through education.”

Obi said that it was heart-warming to learn that she was the first Nigerian to win the award.
His words: “You see why we call her an award-winning author – she has been able to win so many quality awards through her writings and advocacy.
“In most cases, she was the first African to win certain categories of those awards.”
Recalling his invitation to Chimamanda to Anambra State as the Governor, Obi said that it was part of his efforts to encourage the youth to take people like her as role models rather than men devoid of honour and integrity, whose only credential was being lucky to make money.

Obi also called for governments at all levels to include the works and masterpieces of Nigerian authors such as Chimamamda, acclaimed for their literary finesse, in their school curricula.
Mr. Peter Obi (middle) and the Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations, Amina Mohammed (right), after Chimamanda Adichie (left) received the UN Foundations Global leadership Award for her work on literature.

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