- Foremost poet, Gabriel Okara, passed away on Sunday evening at the Federal Medical Centre, Yenagoa, Bayelsa state
- The poet’s death has been described by the Bayelsa state governor, Seriake Dickson, as a great loss to the state and nation
- Among Okara’s works are Piano and Drums, Call of the River Nun, The Voice, The Fisherman’s Invocation
Nigeria’s foremost poet and novelist, Gabriel Okara, has died, just one month before his 98th birthday.
A family member disclosed that the renowned poet died on Sunday evening, March 24 at the Federal Medical Centre, Yenagoa, Bayelsa state, The Cable reports.
Legit.ng gathers that Okara slumped around 4pm on that fateful day, as he was relaxing at his Yenagoa residence.
Okara’s death has been described by Governor Seriake Dickson, as a great loss to Bayelsa state and Nigeria.
The Bayelsa state commissioner for information, Daniel Iworiso-Markson, in a statement released on Monday, March 25, disclosed that Dickson has declared a three-day mourning period for Okara.
According to the commissioner, all flags will fly at half mast for the next three days.
Okara, who is touted as the first modernist poet of Anglophone Africa, was born on April 24, 1921.
He was educated at Government College, Umuahia, Abia state and Yaba Higher College and became a lifelong patron of the Association of Nigerian Authors (ANA).
Among his works are Piano and Drums, Call of the River Nun, The Voice, The Fisherman’s Invocation, The Dreamer, His Vision.
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Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that Pius Adesanmi, a popular Nigerian professor and columnist based in Canada, was on the Ethiopian Airlines plane that crashed in the early hours of Sunday, March 10.
The Ethiopian Airlines flight was traveling from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia to Nairobi, the Kenyan capital, when it crashed, killing 149 passengers and eight crew members aboard.
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