October 1 2017 was Nigeria’s Independence Day celebration but it was also a remarkable day for the young author and teacher, Mitterand Okorie. Lecturer of Peace and Conflict Studies at Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike, Mr Okorie’s book experiments with language and tells of youthfulness and blends life situation with fiction. Self-acclaimed Nwa-Aba, Mr Okorie has been one of the few sane voices on social media that use satire to discuss the everyday life in Nigeria.
The reading which began with a discussion on Nigeria’s 57 years since independence and its crawling sovereignty was held at the famous Ken Saro-Wiwa Foundation office at the 24 Aggrey Road in the Port Harcourt old Township. The event had the panelists discuss the failures and sometimes bright sides of Nigeria. The panel which was made up of Mitterand, Okorite Briggs – lawyer and mother, and Maryann Leyii – a young brilliant lawyer from Ogoni shared their experiences with Nigeria and what they felt could move the country forward. The audience reacted with their own experiences and at a point agreed that there is a need for collective anger to move Nigeria from its present condition to its place of pride.
Attached her photos from the event.