NATIONAL AWARD: WHY CHINUA ACHEBE, TENI’S REACTION TO THE AWARD

Chinua Achebe

I still can’t forget Chinua Achebe’s reaction to the National award, most recently Teni’s reaction to the national award.

Also reminds me of Chief Gani Fawehinmi, who equally rejected a similar award.

While some may add Aljahi Gidado Idris, others may not want to as his reason for rejecting the award is a bit different

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National honours are awards that are officially given to person for his/her contributions to the development of the nation

Ironically, this award comes every year. And the award ranges from GCFR, CFR, MFR, OFR, GCON, CON, OFN, MFN.

For football lovers, Marcus Rashford was awarded something similar.

While that of Manchester United player, Marcus Rashford is not the same as this, as this is even higher, but it is what it is.

President Buhari and Former President Goodluck Jonathan

World-renowned literary icon, Chinua Achebe was one of those who rejected the National Award.

Achebe rejected the award of Commander of the Order of the Federal Republic (CFR) back in 2004, under the Obasanjo administration.

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The literary icon, cited dissatisfaction with the Nigerian government as his reason for rejectibg the award.

Seven years later, in 2011, under the President Good luck Jonathan’s administration, Achebe would again reject the same award, as his reason for rejection the initial award has still not been met.

Singer Teni, and President Buhari

Fast forward 11 years later, Nigerian Singer, Teniola Apata popularly known as Teni would be conferred with MON (Member of the Order of the Niger)

Her attitude towards the president would be a talking point.

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Why will she abandon the President on stage without the customary handshake?

A lot of people have a way of indicating their protest, their dissatisfaction.

That was Teni’s exhibition of her displeasure!

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