Poet JP Clark dies at 85
Poet and playwright, John Pepper Clark, better known as JP Clark, died yesterday at 85.
This was announced in a statement signed by Prof. C. C. Clark and Mr Ilaye Clark.
The family said it “appreciates your prayers at this time.”
Clark was Emeritus Professor of Literature and well-known for his published works which include ‘America, Their America’, ‘Song of a Goat’, ‘A Reed in the Tide’, and several more.
He is considered the most lyrical of Nigerian poets, whose poetry celebrates the physical landscape of Africa, according to Encyclopaedia Britannica, in an entry on him.
He was also a journalist, playwright, and scholarcritic 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.
After graduating with a degree in English in 1960, he began his career as writer and journalist by working as a Nigerian government information officer and then as the features and editorial writer for the Daily Express in Lagos (1960-62).