Literary Icon, Elechi Amadi Passes on at 82

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Ernest Chinwo in Port Harcourt

One of Africa’s finest authors, Capt. Elechi Amadi (rtd.) died on Wednesday in Port Harcourt at the age of 82.

THISDAY gathered that he died at Good Heart Hospital, Port Harcourt, of an undisclosed ailment.

A member of the family, Mr. Wabueze Amadi, said the renowned author, poet and novelist died at about 3: 45pm at the hospital.

A scholar, Eldred Jones, in “African Literature 1966-1967”, African Forum describes the late literary icon as “a Nigerian author of plays and novels that are generally about African village life, customs, beliefs and religious practices, as they were before contact with the Western world. Amadi is best regarded for his 1966 first novel, The Concubine, which has been called “an outstanding work of pure fiction”.

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