A global Poet and Emeritus Professor of Literature and writer, John Pepper Clark, better known as J.P. Clark, is dead.
He died died at the age of 85 in the early hours of Tuesday, according to a statement signed by Prof. C. C. Clark, for the family and Mr Ilaye Clark, for the Children.
His passing has left his elder brother and former Federal Commissioner for Information and South-South Leader, Chief Edwin Kiagbodo Clark, in tears.
The statement read, “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, according to Wikipedia, was the most lyrical of the Nigerian poets, whose Poetry celebrates the physical landscape of Africa. He was also a journalist, playwright, and scholar-critic who conducted research into traditional Ijo myths and legends and wrote essays on African poetry.