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Ex-Minister Akinyemi condoles with Clark’s family

Ex-Minister Akinyemi condoles with Clark’s family

15 October, 2020

 Evelyn Osagie


FORMER External Affairs Minister, Prof. Bolaji Akinyemi, has commiserated with the family of Prof. John Pepper Clark on the death of the literary icon on Tuesday.

Akinyemi described the late writer as “one of the giants in the literary stage of this country”.

He recalled how the late Clark joined other top writers to plead for the late writer and ex-Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Minister, General Maman Vasta.

“I mourn the passing into eternity of Professor J. P. Clark, one of the giants in the literary stage of this country. Professor Clark, though famous for his literary prowess, was more than that. Nigerians would remember him as one of the triumphant that visited General Ibrahim Babangida to plead in vain for the life of General Vatsa.

“But there were other critical and sacred (not in the religious sense) times in the life of this country, which must still remain hidden where Professor Clark was an actor,” he said.

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Emphasizing his family’s closeness to the late professor and his wife, Ebun, Akinyemi added: “We wish him a peaceful transitional trip to wherever writers go to continue their struggle. Prof, please, do not go gently into that resting place. Continue the struggle where you are. Do not forget the movement.”

The man called the aloof non-activist was in fact an initiator.

A noticeable political passion flows through his works, such as Mandela and Other Poems, 1988, while the collection, A Lot from Paradise, 1999, takes him back home to Funama, his personal settlement between the twin creeks of Kiagbodo.

He wrote till his very last breath.

His collection, Remains of the Tide, was published two years ago, when he was 85, amid pomp and ceremony.

Although Clark may have sailed to the great beyond, he is immortalised by his literary legacies


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