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Legendary Nigerian Poet J.P. Clark Is Dead



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Renowned Nigerian poet and playwright, Professor John Pepper Clark, popularly known as J.P. Clark died on Tuesday, October 13, 2020, at the age of 85. He is a younger brother to former South South Leader Edwin Clark who was a former Federal Commissioner of Information in 1975.

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A statement signed by Prof. C. C. Clark and Mr Ilaye Clark on behalf of the family reads “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.”

Who Is JP Clark?

JP Clark was born on the 6th of April, 1935, to an Ijaw father and Urhobo mother, Delta State. He is the younger brother to Edwin Clark. JP Clark had his Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the prestigious University of Ibadan. While at the University of Ibadan he edited various magazines that include the Beacon and The Horn. JP Clark graduated at the University of Ibadan in 1960 and worked after as an information officer in the Ministry of Information, in the old Western Region of Nigeria. He was also a Features Editor of the Daily Express, and a research fellow at the Institute of African Studies, University of Ibadan.

He was a Professor of English at the University of Lagos where he retired in 1980. At the University of Lagos, he was the co-editor of the literary magazine Black Orpheus. JP Clark founded the PEC Repertory Theatre in Lagos with his wife Prof Ebun Odutola in 1982. John Pepper Clark-Bekederemo is a widely travelled man. He held visiting professorial appointments at several institutions of higher learning, including Yale University and Wesleyan University in the United States after his retirement.

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JP Clark Works

He is notable for his poetry, which includes:

  • A Reed in the Tide (Longmans, 1965), occasional poems that focus on his indigenous African background and his travel experience in America and other places.
  • Poems (Mbari, 1961), a group of 40 lyrics that treat heterogeneous themes.
  • Casualties: Poems 1966–68 (USA: Africana Publishing Corporation, 1970), which illustrate the horrendous events of the Nigeria-Biafra war and A Decade of Tongues (Longmans, Drumbeat series, 1981), a collection of 74 poems, all of which apart from “Epilogue to Casualties” (dedicated to Michael Echeruo) were previously published in earlier volumes.

Others are State of the Union (1981), that highlights his apprehension concerning the socio-political events in Nigeria as a developing nation and Mandela and Other Poems (1988), that dealt with the perennial problem of ageing and death. JP Clark’s dramatic work included Song of a Goat which premiered at the Mbari Club in 1961.

JP Clark is survived by his wife, children, grandchildren and other family members. May his soul rest in perfect peace. He was a journalist, playwright, and scholar-critic who conducted research into traditional Ijo myths and legends and wrote essays on African poetry during his lactive days on earth.


[Parody Account] ASUU urges undergraduates to acquire skills, travel, and have fun



A parody account of the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU has given undergraduates seven pieces of advice on how to spend their time because of the union’s indefinite strike.

“Here are 7 ways you can make the most of this period.

1.Intern or get a small-time job
This may be a great time to draft your CV and pitch yourself to employers. Already, there are a couple of opportunities since the announcement of this strike.

2.Join the family business
Some of us have ‘family businesses’. This the business our parents have been doing for some time. It can be a big-time company or a small supermart. Whichever one it is, it’s not a bad idea spending holiday working here. It’s one way to give back and also add to your professional experience.

3. Learn a new skill
I have an engineer friend who makes a living today from graphics design. He learnt it while we were in school. There’s almost no limit to the skills you can learn during holidays. If anything, start with learning basic and intermediate computer operations(if you don’t know that by now). Code schools are also popping up
everywhere so you can join one. You can also join the growing community of Nigerian freelancers and hone your skills.

4. Be active in church or mosque, other groups
Refuse to be an onlooker anywhere you find yourself. Be a part of people who make things work. Join a group in church, your community, and be active in it. These experiences also contribute shaping the person you’ll be in the future.

5. Travel
There’s no harm in travelling if you can afford it. Travelling is also a form of learning. If you happen to have relations scattered around Nigeria and abroad, consider travelling. Life’s too short to not explore more places.

6. Read books
We don’t mean only course-related books. Take up a novel, read a book on investment, study Nigerian history, look up spiritual books. Read far and wide.

7. Have fun
Well, you still have to catch some fun. Plus, it’s perfectly okay to spoil yourself a little. You can binge watch your favourite TV series, play football, go to more events etc etc.

*Story re-edited to reflect that the advice is from an ASUU parody account.

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I’m leaving PDP for APC – Gov Umahi of Ebonyi State



The Governor of Ebonyi State, Dave Umahi, told the national leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party in Abuja on Tuesday that he was leaving the party.

He said he would join the ruling All Progressives Congress which he claimed would protect the interest of the South-East in the 2023 elections.

Our correspondent gathered that Umahi told the members of the National Working Committee of the PDP that his decision to join  the APC was irrevocable.

The members of the PDP NWC, who were led to the meeting by its National Chairman, Prince Uche Secondus, were said to have tried in vain to convince the governor not to abandon the party.

Apart from Secondus, among those that were at the meeting at the Ebonyi Governor’s Lodge in Abuja were Deputy National Secretary, Agbo Emmanuel; National Organising Secretary, Austin Akobondu; Financial Secretary, Abdullahi  Maibasira;  National Women Leader, Mariya Waziri  and Senator Sulieman Nazif.

The governor was said to be friendly when he received the PDP delegation, but stuck to his decision to leave the PDP when the issue came up.

It was gathered that the PDP delegation impressed it upon the governor that there was no need leaving the PDP for the APC, which they argued had become unpopular.

Sources at the meeting, however, said the governor was not convinced, insisting that  the APC was planning to zone the 2023 Presidency to the South-East.

He was said to have promised to stay in the PDP if the party could make a pronouncement that it would zone the Presidency to the same zone.

One of the sources said, “I think his (governor’s) mind was made up. We told him there was no need for him to abandon the party that had made him a deputy governor, state chairman of the party, two-time governor and all that. But he refused.

 “He wanted us to unilaterally zone the office of the Presidency to his area. We cannot do that. Parties are not run that way. He told us he was leaving. That is what we got from him.’’

When contacted, Secondus confirmed that the party’s leadership met with Umahi.

 He, however, refused to declared the details of the meeting, insisting that the meeting was on ‘‘national issues.’’

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Ifu Ennada: I almost dated a celebrity not knowing he was broke



Reality TV star Ifu Ennada went on a ranting spree on her IG story, the actress disclosed that she has not been lucky with men and it appears as if she is cursed in that aspect.

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