Elechi Amadi, writer, novelist, playwright and teacher has passed on leaving behind quite a legacy.
Elechi Amadi is said to have died on Wednesday at the Good Heart Hospital in Port Harcourt, southern Nigeria.
Amadi was part of the first generation of writers in Nigeria, among other classics like Wole Soyinka and Chinua Achebe. Some of 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.
His first and most popular work, The Concubine was made into a film in 2007.
Elechi Amadi was born on 12 May, 1934, Ikwerre local government area of Port Harcourt. He studied Physics and Mathematics in the University, College Ibadan.
He served in the 3rd Marine Commandos of the Nigerian Army. He served as Permanent Secretary (1973–83), Commissioner for Education (1987–88) and Commissioner for Lands and Housing (1989–90) in Rivers
In 2011 he was awarded a doctorate by the University of Port Harcourt. He was also a Fellow of the Nigerian Academy of Education and a Member of the Order of the Federal Republic of Nigeria .
Condolences are already pouring in regarding the late literary icon.
Dr Dakuku Peterside, the DG of Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) had these to say:
“Captain Elechi Amadi, certainly was a man of many parts who touched lives in many ways. And he will be remembered for good by many people who met him physically or through his books. He was a well-known author, publisher, soldier and statesman who was concerned about a better society.
“My generation will definitely remember him more for his great books like the Concubine, the Great Ponds, Sunset in Biafra, Estrangement, the Slave and a collection of poems.
He also criticized the state of Rivers which Amadi grew up in.
“It is regrettable that Amadi passed away at a time when Rivers, our dear state is still far away from the aspirations of its founding fathers like him and most sons and daughters of the state. There is no doubt that Elder Elechi Amadi and other founding fathers will be weeping in their graves at the state of Rivers State. Nigeria and the international literary community has lost a creative giant.
“The departed patriot, no doubt, had a remarkable life and he will surely be remembered for serving humanity with literature and his interventions.
Some fans of the literary icon have also taken to social media to praise his work and mourn his demise.
The Concubine Author,Elechi Amadi was one of Nigeria's first and finest generation of writers;We lost a national treasure;May he RIP.
— Senator Shehu Sani (@shehusani) June 30, 2016
The Concubine by Elechi Amadi remains my all time best African stories book.May he Rest in Peace.
— Evans© (@EvansO_) June 30, 2016