Daily Trust

Poet JP Clark dies at 85

- By Nathaniel Bivan

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).

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