JP Clark: Legendary Nigerian poet dies at 85

JP Clark: Legendary Nigerian poet dies at 85

- A respected Nigerian poet and professor, JP Clark, is dead

- The poet died on Tuesday, October 12, at the age of 85

- Professor Clark, apart from poetry, was also known and respected for great theatrical masterpieces

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Nigeria, especially the literary community, has lost one of its renowned poets, Professor John Pepper Clark, popularly referred to as JP Clark.

Premium Times reported that the respected poet died on Tuesday, October 13, at the age of 85 after a brief illness.

Professor Clark was born on December 6, 1933. He was the younger brother of the elder statesman and South-South leader, Chief Edwin Clark.

JP Clark: Legendary Nigerian poet dies at 85
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Clark, a graduate of the University of Ibadan, worked as a professor of English at the University of Lagos before he retired.

Apart from poetry, Professor Clark was also reputable for great theatrical works including Song of a Goat which premiered at the Mbari Club in 1961.

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In another related report, the Nigerian labour union was recently thrown into mourning as Ibrahim Khaleel, the national president of the Nigeria Union of Local Government Employees (NULGE), died.

Khaleel was reported to have died on Wednesday, October 7, after being rushed to the National Hospital in Abuja where he was pronounced dead.

According to Kano NULGE chairman, Abdullahi Muhammad Gwarzo, who confirmed the loss, the deceased slumped and was quickly rushed to the hospital only for all the efforts to be in vain.

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Similarly, earlier reported the death of a prominent retired ambassador, Olusola Ojemame Orevba.

Orevba died at the age of 61 on Tuesday, June 30, after a brief illness at the national hospital in Abuja.

Ambassador Orevba was born on May 21, 1959, in Lagos to the family of Mr and Mrs Geoffrey Adeyemi Orevba.

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He began his primary education at the Methodist Primary School Surulere, Lagos, from 1964 to 1971.

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