- Renowned author, Elechi Amadi is dead. The famous literary icon passed away Wednesday in the Good Heart Hospital in Port Harcourt at the age of 82.
- A family member, Bar Wabueze Amadi, who confirmed the death said he died about 3: 45pm at the hospital.
The late Captain Elechi Amadi was among the first generation of African writers and novelists. Elechi Amadi Some of his works include: The Concubine,Isiburu, Sunset in Biafra,The Road to Ibadan, Dance of Johannesburg, Peppersoup, The Slave, The Great Ponds,Estrangement and the Woman of Calaber. He celebrated his 80th birthday in Port Harcourt , 2014, releasing a souvenir edition of one of his plays, Isiburu to mark his 80th birthday.
He was born May 12, 1934 at Aluu community in Ikwerre local government area in Rivers State. He attended Government College in Umuahia and, went to the University College, Ibadan where he obtained a Bachelor of Science in physics and mathematics.
He served in the 3rd Marine Commandos of the Nigerian Army. He was the first Commissioner for Education in old Rivers State and also served as Commissioner of Lands and Housing.He had many honours to his credit.
He was a member of the Nigerian Academy of Education and member of the Order of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. He received an honorary doctorate from the University of Port Harcourt in 2011. He was kidnapped by unknown armed men in 2008 and released after a few days in their custody. He lived in his community, Aluu until his death.
The Director General, NIMASA, Dr Dakuku Peterside, who also spoke to Vanguard on the development, described him as a great Nigerian who will be missed greatly.
“Captain Elechi Amadi, was certainly a man of many parts that have affected life in many ways. And he will remembered for good by many people who met him physically or through his books. He was well known author, publisher, soldier and statesman who was concerned about a better society.
” My generation will certainly remember him most for his great books like Concubine , the Great Ponds, Sunset in Biafra , Estrangement , the slave and a collection of poems .
” It is unfortunate that Amadi died at a time when Rivers , our dear state is still far from the aspirations of its founding fathers like him and most of the sons and daughters of the state . There is no doubt that Elder Elechi Amadi and other founding fathers will weep in their graves at the state of Rivers state . Nigeria and the international literary community has lost a creative giant.
“The party patriot , no doubt, had exceptional life and he will surely be remembered for serving humanity with his literature and interventions. May his soul find eternal rest in the Lord” Amen.