Foremost Nigerian poet, John Pepper Clark, popularly called J.P. Clark, has died at the age of 85.
The poet died on Tuesday after battling illness.
The professor’s death was announced in a statement 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,” the statement read.
“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 read.
Clark, the younger brother of a former federal commissioner for information and South-South leader, Edwin Clark, was born on April 6, 1935.
He studied at the University of Ibadan, and was a professor of English at the University of Lagos, from where he retired.
The poet was reputable for several fine poems and great theatrical works including Song of a Goat which premiered in 1961.
Other dramatic works include: The Masquerade, The Raft (1964), Ozidi (1966), amd The Boat (1981).