Professor Ezenwa-Ohaeto Resource Centre is located at Oganiru Estate, opposite Esther Obiakor Estate, Anambra State, Nigeria. Inaugurated on 31st March, 2011, the Centre was established to immortalize and honour the memory of late Professor Ezenwa-0haeto, who was a literary genius and a shining light in literary creativity and criticism. The aim of the centre is to expand the frontier of knowledge especially, by nurturing and expanding literary creativity. Its focus is to ensure that literary creativity in Anambra State in particular and Nigeria in general does not deem because of misplacement of emphasis and on account of failure to encourage literary values among the young. Anambra State where Ezenwa-Ohaeto lived and worked is blessed with a good number of literary giants among who are late Chinua Achebe and John Munonye, Chukwuemeka Ike, Cyprian Ekwensi, Onuora Nzekwu, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie , to mention a few.
However, it is noticeable that in a state that has such leading literary figures as its legacy, there is not a single public library in the modern sense, except the digital library near Aroma junction, Awka which was built in 2011 but which has been rendered functional five years after. In addition, while we celebrate people like Achebe, Ekwensi and Ike, hardly any sustained effort is made to encourage the young to strive for higher goals in literary creativity.
The centre was established primarily to obviate this lack. Its motto: that literary creativity may be sustained acknowledges the achievements of past literary icons in Anambra State and in Nigeria, and highlights the need to build on their legacy by encouraging especially the young talented to make this legacy their guide and to strive to improve on it. Accordingly, the centre organises literary competitions biannually, among young secondary school students, which encourages them to present original literary production. One of these was organised in partnership with UNICEF by the instrumentality of Anambra State Government and Gocus oil Company, Nigeria. It also organises non-competitive literary nights which enable university undergraduates to showcase their literary talents. For more advanced intellectuals, the Centre organises Colloquiums in which seasoned academics present public lectures followed by lengthy and detailed discussions by participants. Such scholars as Professor Ernest Emenyonu of Michigan-Flint University, USA; Prof. Josephat Obi Oguejiofor of Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, Nigeria and Prof. Akachi Adimora Ezeigbo of University of Lagos, Nigeria have read papers at the colloquiums.
The Centre hosts a public library which remains, in the actual sense of it, the only functional public library in Awka, the capital city of Anambra State. The main collections in the library are from the personal library of late Professor Ezenwa-Ohaeto. This collection laid the foundation on which additional valuable books on linguistics, literature and, perhaps, the highest number of books on the African Writers series from Heinemann and other notable and seasoned publishers were built on. This means that the Centre is also, perhaps, the single locus around the region where novels (including their critical works) written by Africans in the last sixty years can be found.
The Centre also assists more mature students in carrying out researches for higher degrees of MA and Ph.D. This is usually possible because of the availability of mature academics that are connected to the Centre in one way or another. This usually is carried out on personal and voluntary basis.
However, the library of the Centre is not limited to the literary fields alone. There are collections of books in many other disciplines including math, law, philosophy, history, education, medicine, nursing, management and social sciences, computer science etc. it has collections of journals in different fields and provides periodicals like newspapers and news magazines.
The Centre has functional business center which facilitates the typing and preparation of theses for submission to departments. It undertakes photocopies, scanning and lamination, especially, on large scale to make valuable and rare materials available to students and other experts.
Given the dearth of avenues for publication of literary materials and researches, the Centre has advanced plan to host a journal which will be basically online. However, contributors who desire print copies can have copies of their paper based on additional charges.
The journal is named PREORC (Professor Ezenwa-Ohaeto Resource Centre) Journal of Arts & Humanities. It is a peer reviewed journal whose editorial board members were drawn from academics from different fields in the humanities and chosen on account of their competence and record of efficiency. The prognosis is that in a few years, PREORC journal of Arts and Humanities will be a leading journal in the Nigerian and global academic circles.
Professor Ezenwa-Ohaeto Resource Centre, while sustaining literary creativity, also endevours to provide conducive atmosphere and necessary facilities for the advancement of learning and academic research encored on the needs of people who must live and work not only in Anambra State and Nigeria but also in its global context.