Peter Obi, a presidential candidate, has been honored by well-known author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie as he turns 61 years old.
The acclaimed novelist paid tribute to the lawmaker from Anambra on her social media profile with a long, poignant statement to mark his day.
She wrote on Peter Obi’s benevolent demeanor; the respect and kindness he showed to her deceased parents as well as how he had always been there for her at the most crucial moments.
Chimamanda also recounted about Peter Obi’s generosity; how he had built so many facility without fanfare to commend him for his efforts.
She trumpeted her support for the Labour Party candidate as she says that she cannot wait to refer to him as her ‘President’.
An excerpt from her post reads:
“Happy Birthday to Peter Obi, my dearest Big Bro:
I will never forget your kindness to my beloved parents. Thank you for the respect you showed them, for your many visits to Abba, where you gave to Daddy and Mummy the most precious gifts: your time and your attention.
Thank you for walking this still-unbearable journey of grief with my siblings and me.
I remember how you regaled Daddy and Mummy with your stories until we started joking about your obsession with the “GDP of Malaysia.” But your obsession spoke of hope: your hope for Nigeria, your belief in what Nigeria could be. A belief that has always been practical, grounded in numbers and in reality.
I remember when you came to support me as I was being honored by the United Nations Foundation in New York, and I teased you about the inexpensive hotel you were staying in, and you shrugged and said, “it’s just a place to sleep, why do I need to be in an expensive place?”
And then only days later, you once again exhibited your incredible generosity to the causes you believe in, and it reminded me of all the hospitals and schools and churches you have supported over the years, and often without fanfare. You have always been clear about what your priorities are, what matters to you, what you believe should matter, and that is deeply admirable.”