The old house which served as the official residence of Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe as Premier of Nigeria’s Old Eastern Region has been given a befitting makeover by the Enugu State government.
This fact was made public last Thursday when the governor Rt. Hon. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi went on an inspection visit, accompanied by his aids. He was shown around the sparkling white one-storey building by the late statesman, Uwakwe Azikiwe who is the governor’s Special Adviser on Special Duties.
The decorated interiors include some personal effects of the late Zik (including shoes, clothes, books and bed, all donated by the family). On the walls, there are several black-and-white images from pre- and post-Independent Nigeria; it shows Zik, family members and several political personalities of the time, in which the former president was a key figure.
The renovation work started in October 2016 and it was initially scheduled to last a month.
“We want to have that place as a heritage and tourism site,” the project coordinator was quoted to have told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) at the time. “It’s something we want to do in remembrance of the Great Zik of Africa.”
This upgrade complements Zik’s mausoleum in Onitsha, similarly renovated by the federal government and commissioned in January by President Muhammadu Buhari.
Azikiwe died in May 1996, aged 92.