Nigerian professor, writer and editor and co-author of “Eze Goes To School” dies at 89.
Nzekwu was a Nigerian professor, writer and editor who co-authored “Eze Goes To School” with Michael Crowder and authored a good number of novels like “Wand of Noble Wood”, “Highlife for Lizards”, “Blade Among the Boys”, “The Chima Dynasty in Onitsha,” “Faith of Our Fathers,” and so many other works of fiction and non-fiction.
Nzekwu was also the pioneer general manager of the New Agency of Nigeria (NAN).
Nzekwu’s generation imagined a society enhanced by education. Hence, Eze goes to school.
Willie Obiano, Yakubu Dogara amongst other Nigerians have been taking their time to pay tribute to the deceased family on social media.
Nzekwu's Eze goes to school is more than just a novel. It holds a vital position in the history of Nigerians educational system.
The novel depicts a typical Nigerian society in which a young boy, Eze in this case, was the hope and aspiration of his community. As the son of Okonkwo Adi, Eze was expected to give back to his society and shine as an example of what an ideal Igbo man should be. Amidst the strenuous circumstances, they were faced with after the death of Eze's father, Eze and his mother made effort to ensure that Eze goes to school, as it was his father's instruction that he must go to school come what may.
Eze goes to school defies the normality of today's world where people use their slight inability to avoid an educational system as an opportunity to delve into all sorts. This has us wondering, do we still possess that urge to go to school, not because we need to become a vital or important member of the society, but because we want to equip ourselves with more knowledge and do something positive with the garnered knowledge?
Do our parents and older ones still have that urge to push us through getting educated or do they find the slightest excuse to back out on the payment involved?
Do the younger ones even look forward to going to school, not because they just want to have fun, but becaause they realise just how paramount this is to them and the society at large?
Do we still thirst for education as in the days of Nzekwu?
That's the question we need to ask ourselves, young and old.