Novelist Elechi Amadi Dies At 82

One of Africa’s best writers, Captain Elechi Amadi MON, has died yesterday at the Good Heart hospital in Port Harcourt, a week after he took ill. He was aged 82. A member of the family, Wabueze Amadi, confirmed his death, saying he transisted at about 3:45pm yesterday at the hospital.

The late captain Elechi Amadi was among the first generation of African writers and novelists.
His works include, The Concubine, The Great Ponds, Isiburu, Sunset in Biafra, Dance of Johannesburg, Peppersoup, The Road to Ibadan, The Slave , Estrangement and the Woman of Calabar.

He was born on 12 May, 1934 in Aluu community, Ikwerre local government area. He attended Government college, Umuahia and went to the University college, Ibadan where he interestingly studied Physics and Mathematics. He served in the 3rd Marine Commandos of the Nigerian Army. He was first Commissioner for Education in the old Rivers state and also served as Commissioner for Lands and Housing.

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