Nigerians veteran poet Prof. John Pepper Clark is dead, he died yesterday, October 13, 2020. he was aged 85.
He graduated from Nigeria’s premier University, Ibadan, and was an Emeritus professor of literature.
The late JP Clark was the younger brother of former Federal Commissioner for Information and South-South Leader, Chief Edwin Kiagbodo Clark,
A statement announced and signed by Prof. C. C. Clark 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. Clarke will be remembered for his work as a renowned poet and for his contributions in the educational sector, most of his books were included in the scheme of work for most secondary school students.
This legendary poet wrote the popular poem titled ‘Abiku’, and also has several poems and books to his credit including ‘The Wives’ Revolt’, a compulsory text in most secondary schools in the 90s and early 2000s.