Federal University Otuoke successfully made her mark as it remarkably hosted the second National Celebrations of Arrow of God @ 50 in honour of Nigerians literary giant Chinua Achebe.
The event which is one of the 8 – City transnational events across the country is aimed at celebrating the 50th anniversary of “Arrow of God” which has gained International acceptance and celebrated in more than 70 countries around the world.
Dignitaries, literary scholars and admirers of Achebe converged at the conference hall of the yet to be commissioned Skills Acquisition Centre in Otuoke to mark the occasion.
Secretary to the Bayelsa State Government, Prof. Edmond Allison – Oguru who was the special guest of honour in his speech extolled the qualities of Chinua Achebe and thanked the organizers of the ceremony for their efforts.
The Host, Vice Chancellor of Federal University Otuoke, Prof. Mobolaji Aluko in his address welcomed everyone to the event noting that the occasion is the first International event hosted by FUO and reiterated the commitment of his administration to make FUO a World Class Institution.
The event was packed with activities that left the audience educated, thrilled and entertained, amongst them are; a key note address that was presented by Prof. Akachi Adimora Ezeigbo on the theme: “Leadership and Abuse of Power in Achebe’s Arrow of God”.
Paper Presentations by Prof. Dim Teilanyo of FUO on “Rhetorics and Political Rivalry: Arrow of God and present day Nigeria”, and Dr. Chris Onyema also of FUO on “Eco – Trauma: Dislocation, Diseases and Environmental Rights Discourse in Chinua Achebe’s Arrow of God.”
Other activities were the finals of the quiz competition, a drama sketch of “Arrow of God” as adapted by Emeka Nwabueze: “When the Arrow Rebounds”, by students of FUO and separate dance performances by FUO Dance Troupe and Amassoma Glorious Dancers.
The Chairman Local Organizing Committee, Prof. Philomena Ejele in her vote of thanks expressed her gratitude to everyone who has contributed in making the event a success.
A wonderful Dinner Variety Night ended the event and left the next host with a big task to surmount the feat as the train moves to Abuja.