Photos: The celebration of Prof Anyadike who clocks 70

Professor Chima Anyadike @70
Professor Anyadike @70.

Professor Chima Anyadike, 70, who has taught literary theory and prose fiction in Universities in Africa and the USA for many years, retired from service at the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife, where he taught for over four decades.

Series of events which included valedictory lecture, play, and a grand reception party were held in his honour on Friday 13 and Saturday 14 September 2019.

Three books were also presented to the public in celebration of the highly revered don.

The books are Complex Realities; Wisdom and Uncertainty: Essays on African Fiction by Chima Anyadike; and The Idea of African Fiction: Essays in honour of Professor Chima Anyadike, edited by Chijioke Uwasomba.

Here are the images from the events as captured by our photographer, Ayodele Efunla:

 

The Vice Chancellor of OAU, Professor Eyitope Ogunbodede, delivering his keynote address at launch of the book ‘Complex Realities’ in honour of Prof. Chima Anyadike on Friday 13 Sept. 2019 at the university.

 

Chairman of the occasion, Dr. Yemi Ogunbiyi, leading other dignitaries to begin unveiling of the books at the event on Friday 13 Sept. 2019.

 

From left: Chief (Mrs.) Folashade Ogunbiyi; Dr. Yemi Ogunbiyi, Chairman of the occasion and Pro Chancellor/ Chairman, Council Board, Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU); and wife of the celebrator, Dr. (Mrs) Bisi Anyadike.

 

Dr. (Mrs) Bisi Anyadike while presenting the book, Complex Realities, at the event on Friday 13 Sept.

 

Mr. Sam Omatseye, while delivering a lecture entitled ‘The Rebellion of Reality’ at the book launch on Friday.

 

Professor Chima Anyadike and wife, Bisi, with the birthday cake.

 

Mr and Mrs Sam Anyakora at the book launch on Friday 13 Sept.

 

The renown professor, cutting his birthday cake @70

 

Professor Chima Anyadike with his wife and daughters Adegbomma George; Usondu Anyadike-Etebo; Nkolika Elusade; Sobechi Anyadike and Unoaku Anyadike at the grand ceremony on Saturday 14 September 2019.

 

Mr and Mrs Sam Omatseye at the book launch on Friday 13 Sept.

 

Professor Chima Anyadike with his wife and sons-in-law, Ernest George and Ayodele Elusade at the grand ceremony on Saturday 14 September 2019.

 

Professor Chima Anyadike with Wife, children, grandchildren and his in-laws at the book launch on Friday 13 Sept.

 

The cast of a play titled The Queen without a crown, a valedictory performance in honour of Prof Chima Anyadike.