The Splendors of Dawn Poetry Foundation and the World Poetry Movement hereby condole with the Association of Nigerian Authors (Abuja Chapter) and the Nigerian literary community on the sudden passing of Ikeogu Oke, the award-winning poet.
Ikeogu was a dedicated poet and a supporter of the Splendors of Dawn and WPM activities. This year, despite his busy schedule, Ikeogu was a guest performer at the World Poetry Day 2018 celebration organised in Abuja. Ikeogu, who had a Bachelor of Art in English and Literary Studies from the University of Calabar and an MA in Literature from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, was author of
The Heresiad and Salutes without Guns. In 2010, Nobel laureate Nadine Gordimer selected Salutes without Guns as Book of the Year for The Times Literary Supplement, while in 2017, The Heresiad won The Nigeria Prize for Literature, which is Africa’s biggest literary prize at $100,000.
Ikoegu lives on in his literary works. We pray for the peaceful repose of his soul.
Odoh Diego Okenyodo
Ikeogu Oke at the World Poetry Day event organised by Splendors of Dawn
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