One of Africa’s finest novelist, poet and dramatist, Elechi Amadi, has died at 82.
The Nigerian died on Wednesday at the Good Heart hospital in Port Harcourt, according to a report by vanguardngr.com.
Some of Elechi Amadi’s 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.
The author celebrated his 80th birthday in Port Harcourt in 2014 and released a souvenir edition of one of his plays, Isiburu to mark the occasion, the report said
Elechi Amadi was born on May 12, 1934, in Aluu community, Ikwerre local government area.
He attended Government College, Umuahia and went to the University college, Ibadan where he bagged a BSc degree in Physics and Mathematics.
Elechi Amadi served in the 3rd Marine Commandos of the Nigerian Army. He was the first commissioner for education in the old Rivers State and also served as commissioner for lands and housing and had several honours to his credit.
He was Fellow of the Nigerian Academy of Education and a Member of the Order of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. He was awarded an honorary doctorate degree by the University of Port Harcourt in 2011.
The famed author was abducted by unknown gunmen in 2008 and later released after spending some days in their custody.
His death has been met with regret on social media.