Renowned poet and emeritus Professor of Literature, John Pepper Clark, is dead.
The Professor died in the wee hours of Tuesday, a statement by the family said. He hailed from Kiagbodo, Burutu council area of Delta state.
The statement was signed by Prof. C. C. Clark for the family and Ilaye Clark, for the children.
“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 reads.
J.P. Clarke 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.
He has other novels and poems to his credit.
Below are tweets mourning him.