On Saturday 26 th November, Alliance Francaise Port Harcourt was teaming with Nigerian and expatriate guests who poured in to pay respect to the memory of Elechi Amadi in this city where he lived and which inspired much of his writing. Elechi Amadi, one of Africa’s most important writers, died in July this year, at the age of 82.
The programme was an Art Exhibition and Literary Evening organised by Alliance Francasie, the Rivers State Indigenous Visual Artists (RSVA) and the Rainbow Book Club.
On that occasion, Alliance Francaise Director, Helene Geneau-Okutue, as well as Chairman of the Association of Nigerian Authors, Uzo Nwamara, and the President of the Rivers State Indigenous Visual Artist, Patrick Jumbo, paid tribute to the author of the renowned trilogy (The Concubine, The Great Ponds and The Slave). A biography of Elechi Amadi and an excerpt from his writing were read.
The highlight of the event was a tribute by Mrs Koko Kalango (Rainbow Book Club founder), which brought the writer to life with a narration supported by a photo show of Amadi at various Rainbow Book Clubs event in the last 11 years. The tribute rounded off with a brief video show of an interview with Amadi at a Port Harcourt World Book Capital 2014 programme.