Jan 23, 2009


Prof. Pat Utomi answering questions from Journalists at the venue
Waitin for Prof. Achebe to alight from his special vehicle

From 9:30 am this morning,I was at The Cenotaph,Concorde Boulevard,Owerri where world reknowned scholar and literary Icon Professor Chinua Achebe was to deliver the key lecture at the 2009 edition of the annual Ahiajoku Lectures.Up till 1:00pm,the event had not commenced.It was only about that time that the Special vehicle conveying Achebe entered the venue.From there,the overzealous security officers took over in an attempt to show strenght and 'eye-service'.While we were waiting to take snapshots of Achebe as he alighted from his vehicle,Some Police officers threatened to confisticate our cameras if we took shots.Haba!! I smelt trouble.Having other schedules to catch up with,I quietly left,dissapointedly.

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