Renowned playwright and emeritus professor of Literature, John Pepper Clark, is dead, his family members announced on Tuesday.
According to a statement signed by Professor C.C Clark and Mr Ilaye Clark on behalf of the family and children respectively, Professor Clark died in the early hours of Tuesday at the age of 85.
Professor Clark is renowned for his legendary poems including the Nigerian civil war note titled ‘The Casualties’ and great books and he was the younger brother of the South-South leader, Chief Edwin Clark.
According to the statement: “The Clark-Fuludu Bekederemo family of Kiagbodo Town, Delta State, wishes to announce that Emeritus Professor of Literature and Renowned Writer, Professor John Pepper Clark, has finally dropped his pen in the early hours of today, Tuesday, 13 October 2020.
“Prof. J. P. Clark has paddled on to the great beyond in comfort of his wife, children and sibling, around him. The family appreciates your prayers at this time. Other details will be announced later by the family.”