Honoring Legacy: Tinubu Names Abuja Expressway After Chinua Achebe


Chinua Achebe Expressway named by President Tinubu in Abuja honors the renowned novelist. This follows the recent naming of roads after Wole Soyinka and Tinubu, celebrating Nigeria’s literary icons.

In a move reflecting deep respect for Nigerian literary heritage, President Bola Tinubu has named the M18 road in the Guzape district of Abuja after the esteemed novelist and poet, Chinua Achebe. This announcement was made on Saturday by Olusegun Dada, the Special Assistant to the President on Social Media, during the commissioning of the expressway.

“President Bola Ahmed Tinubu commissions the M18 road infrastructure in Guzape District of Abuja. Names road after Nigerian Novelist and Poet, late Professor Chinua Achebe,”

Dada shared.

A Tribute to Literary Icons

Chinua Achebe, celebrated as one of the fathers of modern African literature, passed away in 2013 at the age of 83. His influential works, including the classic novel “Things Fall Apart,” have left an indelible mark on literature globally, earning him this posthumous honor.

This is not the first time President Tinubu has honored Nigerian literary figures through infrastructure naming. Just a few days prior, he named the arterial road N20 in Abuja after Wole Soyinka, the first African to win the Nobel Prize for Literature. The recommendation for this honor came from the FCT administration, as noted by Bayo Onanuga, Special Adviser to the President on Information and Strategy.

Recognizing Contributions to Nigerian Society

These actions by President Tinubu underscore a broader commitment to celebrating and preserving Nigeria’s rich cultural and literary heritage. In May, the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Minister, Nyesom Wike, named Abuja’s southern parkway after Tinubu himself. The southern parkway, stretching from the National Christian Centre to ring road one, is one of the city’s major thoroughfares.

A Reflection on Cultural Importance

The naming of these significant infrastructures after prominent Nigerian figures serves as a poignant reminder of the importance of acknowledging and celebrating the contributions of our intellectual and cultural icons. It is a testament to the enduring legacy of individuals like Achebe and Soyinka, whose works continue to inspire and educate generations.


As BlaccTheddi Post continues to explore and document such pivotal moments in Nigeria’s socio-cultural landscape, we are reminded of our mission to present Africa’s truths in an engaging and accessible manner. These recent dedications by President Tinubu reflect a nation’s gratitude towards its literary giants, aligning with our vision of highlighting Africa’s important stories and fostering change.

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