Thursday, June 30, 2016

Elechi Amadi

One of Nigeria's stellar novelists and poets has died. Elechi Amadi died on Wednesday, June 29 at the age of 82.

His novels, plays and poetry paint a picture of Nigerian village life, describing customs, beliefs and religious practices typical of pre-colonial Nigeria. His first novel, The Concubine, was published in 1966 and is regarded as a classic of Nigerian literature.

Other works by Amadi include The Great Ponds, Isiburu, Sunset in Biafra, Dance of Johannesburg, Peppersoup, The Road to Ibadan, The Slave, Estrangement, and the Woman of Calaber.

Amadi served in the 3rd Marine Commandos of the Nigerian Army.

In 2008, Amadi was abducted by gunmen and was released 23 hours later.

He received an honorary doctorate from the University of Port Harcourt in 2011. His volume of essays and poems Speaking and Singing was published in 2003 by the University of Port Harcourt Press.

Amadi was a writer-in-residence and lecturer at Rivers State College of Education, where he has also been Dean of Arts, head of the literature department and Director of General Studies.

May he rest in peace and rise in glory!

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