In January the Nigerian novelist Chinua Achebe was invited to return to his homeland for the first time in a decade to celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of his celebrated novel Things Fall Apart.
When Chinua Achebe arrived at the airport in Abuja, he was greeted by an huge crowd of well-wishers. He left Nigeria in the early 1990s after a horrific road accident in which he lost the use of his legs.
Local journalists waited for more than three hours for Chinua Achebe to address a press conference called to mark his return.
The convoy which drove Chinua Achebe and his entourage to Owerri, in eastern Nigeria, where he had been invited to give the keynote speech at a festival celebrating the culture of the Igbo people.
Some of the armed policemen who accompanied Chinua Achebe's convoy during the ten hour journey from Abuja to Owerri.
Market sellers offering fruit and peanuts on the route between Abuja and Owerri.
A woman selling vegetables by the side of the road between Abuja and Owerri.
Dozens of banners all across Owerri welcomed the return of Chinua Achebe. Last time the novelist spoke publicly in Nigeria, it was to crowd of tens of thousands in a football stadium.
Thousands of well-wishers waited for Chinua Achebe's arrival in Owerri. Many displayed home-made medallions like these men.
The audience for Chinua Achebe's keynote address included dozens of local dignitaries, politicians and tribal leaders. They waited patiently in a hot marquee for many hours.
Local musicians entertained the audience while they waited for Chinua Achebe to arrive.
The novelist Chinua Achebe (right) prepares to address the expectant crowd which gathered in the grounds of the Hilton Hotel in Owerri as part of the annual Ahiajoku festival.
Chinua Achebe was accompanied by his wife Christie (in red), his youngest daughter Nwando and sons Ikechukwu and Chidi (in black).
Chinua Achebe first addressed the audience in the Igbo before switching to English. He talked of the importance of maintaining cultural traditions and supporting local languages.