Renowned Nigerian poet, Prof. John Pepper Clark is dead.
The news of Clark's death was announced in a statement by Prof. C. C. Clark, for the family and Mr. Ilaye Clark, for the children.
According to the statement, the writer who doubles as the younger brother of former Federal Commissioner for Information and South-South Leader, Chief Edwin Kiagbodo Clark, died in the early hours of Tuesday, October 13.
It read, “The Clark-Fuludu Bekederemo family of Kiagbodo Town, Delta State, wishes to announce that Emeritus Professor of Literature and Renowned Writer, Prof. 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 siblings, around him. “The family appreciates your prayers at this time. Other details will be announced later by the family.”
After graduating with a degree in English in 1960, Clark began his career as a 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).