Prominent Nigerian poet and playwright, Prof. John Pepper Clark has died at the age of 85.

The Lengendary writer who was most noted for his outstanding poetry, died after brief illness, in the early hours of today, October 19th.

The retired professor, who is also the younger brother of former Federal Commissioner for Information and South-South Leader, Chief Edwin Kiagbodo Clark, authored several novels and poetry included in the scheme of work for most secondary schools.

His demise was announced in a statement signed by Prof. C. C. Clark, the statement 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 siblings, around him.

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

J.P Clark who is one of Africa’s leading and distinguished author, wrote the poem ‘Abiku’, included in the scheme of work for most secondary schools. He is also the author of the novel ‘The Wives’ Revolt’, compulsory in most secondary schools in the 90s and early 2000s.



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