Legendary Novelist And Poet, Elechi Amadi Dead


Legendary Pan-African novelist, playwright, and poet, Captain Elechi Amadi is dead.

Captain Elechi died on Wednesday at the Good Heart Hospital in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital at the age of 82.

Family member of the deceased, Barr. Wabueze Amadi, confirmed the development to newsmen.

He said Elder Elechi Amadi passed on at about 3:45pm.

Capt. Elechi Amadi Dead At 82

The late author and playwright was among the first generation of African writers and novelists.

Among the late writer’s notable works are; The Concubine, Sunset in BiafraThe Great Ponds, Isiburu, The Road to Ibadan, Peppersoup, and Dance of Johannesburg among others.

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The Late Elechi Amadi had in 2014 released a souvenir edition of one of his plays, Isiburu to mark his 80th birthday in Port Harcourt.

He was born on May 12, 1934 in Aluu community, Ikwerre local government area of Rivers State.

Elder Elechi Amadi attended Government College, Umuahia, and later obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Physics and Mathematics at the University College, Ibadan.

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, Rivers State.

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Late Captain Elechi Amadi received several honours in his lifetime.

He was a Fellow of the Nigerian Academy of Education. He was also a Member of the Order of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (MFR).

On the 5th of January, 2009, he was abducted by unknown gunmen in his home and later released the next day.

He lived in his community, Aluu town, Port Harcourt until his death.

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In 2003, he was awarded an honorary doctorate degree, Doctor of Science in Education by the Rivers State University of Science and Technology.

Captain Elechi Amadi, certainly was a man of many parts who touched lives in many ways.

He will be fondly remembered by many who met him physically or through his books.

He was a renowned author, publisher, soldier, and statesman who was concerned about a better society.

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