Foremost Nigerian poet, J. P. Clark is dead.

Foremost Nigerian poet, J. P. Clark is dead

By Ekene Agbor, Osogbo

John Pepper Clark is dead
John Pepper Clark is dead

A foremost Nigerian poet, John Pepper Clark is dead.

Clark, popularly known as J.P. Clark died at the age of 85.

The emeritus professor’s death was announced in a statement signed by Prof. C. C. Clark for the family and Ilaye Clark, for the children.

The poet, who has been ill for a while, died on Tuesday.

Mr Clark, who studied at the University of Ibadan, was a professor of English at the University of Lagos from where he retired.

A statement by the family reads, “The Clark-Fuludu Bekederemo family of Kiagbodo Town, Delta State, wishes to announce that Emeritus Professor of Literature and Renowned Writer, Prof. John Pepper Clark, has finally dropped his pen in the early hours of today, Tuesday, 13 October, 2020.

“Prof. J. P. Clark has paddled on to the great beyond in comfort of his wife, children and sibling, around him.

“The family appreciates your prayers at this time. Other details will be announced later by the family,” the statement read.

John pepper Clark Bekederemo, born on April 6, 1935, was one of Nigeria’s foremost anglophone dramatists and poets.

Clark, born of Ijaw parents, received his early education at the Native Administration School and the Government College in Ugheli.

He got his Bachelors’ degree in English at the University of Ibadan, where Wole Soyinka also studied.

In 1960 Clark wrote his first dramatic work, Song of a Goat, which was staged in Ibadan the following year.

After graduation, Clark worked as a journalist, editor, and feature writer in Lagos for Express newspapers. His success as a journalist resulted in his being awarded a fellowship to study at Princeton University in the United States.

More details later.


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