Nigeria has lost one of her legendary literal icons who lived a quiet and modest life yet his works of literature spoke louder impacting and inspiring people. He is none other than of one of Africa’s premium dramatists, novelists and poets, Captain Elechi Amadi who departed to the world beyond to join his ancestors.
Elder Elechi Amadi died on Wednesday at the Good Heart hospital, Port Harcourt at the octogenarian age of 82 at. A family member of his, Barrister Wabueze Amadi confirmed the sad news to the Vanguard newspaper on phone, stating that he pegged out at about 3:45pm at the hospital.
Captain Elechi Amadi was well reputed for his literal work, the Concubine which he wrote with exceptional style and apt, provoking a huge sense of reading pleasure that cannot easily be flushed out of the memory. Apart from the Concubine, Elechi Amadi also authored the Great Ponds, Sunset in Biafra, Peppersoup, Isiburu, Dance of Johannesburg, Estrangement, the Road to Ibadan, the Slave, the Woman of Calaber and a collection of poems.
He was born on the 12th of May, 1934 in Aluu Community, Ikwerre Local Government Area of Port Harcourt. He attended Government College, Umuahia for his secondary education and went further to University College, Ibadan for his tertiary education.
Until his death on the 29th of June, he lived in his community, Aluu in Rivers State.
May his gentle soul rest in perfect peace, Amen!