FORMER Exterior Affairs Minister, Prof. Bolaji Akinyemi, has commiserated with the household of Prof. John Pepper Clark on the demise of the literary icon on Tuesday.
Akinyemi described the late author as “one of many giants within the literary stage of this nation”.
He recalled how the late Clark joined different prime writers to plead for the late author and ex-Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Minister, Common Maman Vasta.
“I mourn the passing into eternity of Professor J. P. Clark, one of many giants within the literary stage of this nation. Professor Clark, although well-known for his literary prowess, was greater than that. Nigerians would bear in mind him as one of many triumphant that visited Common Ibrahim Babangida to plead in useless for the lifetime of Common Vatsa.
“However there have been different important and sacred (not within the non secular sense) instances within the lifetime of this nation, which should nonetheless stay hidden the place Professor Clark was an actor,” he mentioned.
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Emphasizing his household’s closeness to the late professor and his spouse, Ebun, Akinyemi added: “We want him a peaceable transitional journey to wherever writers go to proceed their wrestle. Prof, please, don’t go gently into that resting place. Proceed the wrestle the place you might be. Don’t forget the motion.”
The person referred to as the aloof non-activist was the truth is an initiator.
A noticeable political ardour flows by way of his works, equivalent to Mandela and Different Poems, 1988, whereas the gathering, A Lot from Paradise, 1999, takes him again residence to Funama, his private settlement between the dual creeks of Kiagbodo.
He wrote until his final breath.
His assortment, Stays of the Tide, was printed two years in the past, when he was 85, amid pomp and ceremony.
Though Clark could have sailed to the good past, he’s immortalised by his literary legacies