The University of Nigeria Nsukka (UNN) has called on Nigeria’s academic community to celebrate outstanding scholars in research and other academic endeavours in their lifetime.
The Vice Chancellor of the institution, Prof. Charles Igwe, made the call in Nsukka over the weekend while celebrating Ghanaian artist, Prof. El Anatsui of the Fine and Applied Arts Department of the university.
Prof. Igwe, while reeling out Anatsui’s achievements, stated that celebrating people of his kind would encourage scholars to work hard to achieve similar academic feats, saying that the likes of Anatsui, Prof Chinua Achebe and other celebrated African artists helped to correct the negative impressions about Africans through their works.
The portrait of the remarkable scholar was unveiled at the Favulty of Arts Lecture Hall at the event in appreciation of his scholarly contributions to the academic community.
“When we were growing up, Anatsui told us how he was touring different parts of the world for arts exhibitions and we kept wondering when we would grow up to showcase our knowledge to the world. He inspired us a lot,” the VC stated.
Prof. Nnanyelugo Okoro, Dean of the Faculty of Arts, also praised the remarkable scholar and noted that his personality could sell any product, service, idea or movement.
While giving his vote of thanks, Prof. Anatsui told the audience not to be deterred by failures while trying to accomplish any task and also revealed that he failed at some point at the beginning of his career, but the persistent practice turned him into the international artist that he became, adding that he fell in love in Nigeria and Nsukka particularly, due to the fertile academic environment he discovered.