‘Prof. JP Clark Died an Intellectual Colossus’ -Omo-Agege
NEWSMAN, Abuja – Deputy President of the Senate, Senator Ovie Omo-Agege of the All Progressives Congress, (APC) Delta Central has described the death of Professor John Pepper Clark-Bekederemoas as “the end point of an impactful life.”
Omo-Agege in a statement signed by his media adviser, Yomi Odunuga said the renowned poet and Emeritus Professor of Literature, made his mark and left this plane of existence as a colossus.
He described the late 85 year old as “one of the most brilliant stars in Africa’s firmament, passing through the University of Ibadan and University of Lagos with such intellectual productivity that made him an African giant.”
“Widely travelled and thoroughly distinguished, Professor Clark held visiting professorial appointments at several institutions of higher learning, including Yale University and Wesley’s University in the United States, ” he said.
“Through poetry, Professor Clark-Bekederemo captured pertinent contemporary socio-political issues as shown in his 1985 collection of poems titled, “State of the Union” – a collection of select poems in his 2002 anthology published by Longman Nigeria Plc under the title, “The Poems (1958-1998), ” he added.
While expressing appreciation to God for granting the late intellectual a peaceful exit, surrounded by his family, Omo-Agege sent out his heartfelt condolence to his family and noted that, the world shall recall his intellectual stature and contributions.
The late Professor was born in Kiagbodo, Delta state to an Ijaw father and Urhobo mother. He got married to Professor Ebun from the great Odutola family in the old Western Region, a union described by Omo-Agege as a courageous challenge to old ways, in which people like him broke the barriers against inter-tribal matrimonial union.