Renowned Poet, Prof J.P. Clark Dies At 85
Emeritus Professor of Literature and renowned poet and writer, Prof. John Pepper Clark, popularly known as J.P. Clark, has died in the early hours of Tuesday, October 13. He died at the age of 85.
Hid death was announced in a statement signed by Prof. C. C. Clark, for the family and Mr. Ilaye Clark, for the children.
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 was a journalist, playwright, poet and scholar-critic who conducted research into traditional Ijaw myths and legends and wrote essays on African poetry. While at the University of Ibadan, Clark founded The Horn, a magazine of student poetry.
He is also the younger brother of former Federal Commissioner for Information and South-South leader, Chief Edwin Kiagbodo Clark.