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Literary Icon Captain Elechi Amadi Passes On at 82



Elechi Amadi

Captain Elechi Amadi

One of Nigeria’s finest novelist and playwright, Elechi Amadi best known for his work “The Concubine” has died, aged 82.

According to The Guardian, he died in Port Harcourt after a protracted illness occasioned by multiple organ failure.

The report also said that the Rivers State government had concluded arrangements to fly him overseas for medical treatment, but that his condition deteriorated between Monday and Tuesday. He passed on in a private clinic in the New Government Reservation Area of Port Harcourt on Wednesday.

Some of his other works are The Great Ponds, Isiburu, Sunset in Biafra, Dance of Johannesburg, Peppersoup, The Road to Ibadan, The Slave, Estrangement, Les Grand Etangs, and The Woman of Calabar.

Born on May 12th 1934, in Aluu in the Ikwerre local government area of Rivers State, Elechi Amadi attended Government College, Umuahia (1948–52), Survey School, Oyo (1953–54), and the University of Ibadan (1955–59), where he obtained a degree in Physics and Mathematics.

He worked for a time as a land surveyor and later was a teacher at several schools, including the Nigerian Military School, Zaria (1963–66). Amadi served in the Nigerian army, remained there during the Nigerian Civil War, and retired at the rank of Captain. He then held various positions with the Rivers State government: Permanent Secretary (1973–83), Commissioner for Education (1987–88) and Commissioner for Lands and Housing (1989–90).

He has been writer-in-residence and lecturer at Rivers State College of Education, where he has also been Dean of Arts, Head of the Literature department and Director of General Studies.



  1. Ebere

    June 30, 2016 at 8:50 am

    RIP to a beacon

    • True Talk

      July 2, 2016 at 9:10 am

      I will miss you on the pappers as this means no more literatures from you but will keep on remembering you when ever I read or re- read any of your wonderful works again. Great mind read mathematics and physics but turned a writer that could make you forget even to eat when reading his work..Hope a child or grand child has inherited this wonderful talent, if not too bad. I used to wish I know him personally just to ask him how he sat and thought of those stories and then make them come alive..Cry the beloved country, another one down.To the family and close associates please accept my very sincere sympathy.

  2. RIP Great Man

    June 30, 2016 at 8:51 am

    I have so much admiration for Prof Amadi and his lifelong devotion to literature, public service and the academia. RIP sir, your works will live on and continue to touch generations. I pray that his family, especially his brave and erudite wife, will find comfort and strength at this difficult time. BN, it should be his *illness* deteriorated… please avoid such blunders especially when the post is in honour of a true literary giant.

  3. Ify

    June 30, 2016 at 8:53 am

    Although it was years ago, I remember reading The Concubine like it was yesterday. Rest in Peace Mr Amadi, you did your part in the literary world.

    • nene+

      June 30, 2016 at 9:33 am

      So much sensation,lucidity and thrill reading the Concubine-Ihuoma and Ekwueme .
      I appreciate your work sir . May your soul find rest with your God.
      Rest in peace a great pose writer.

    • Blessedheart

      June 30, 2016 at 3:53 pm

      Me too. Rest in Peace Elechi Amadi

  4. NIRA

    June 30, 2016 at 8:53 am

    To think that he studied Physics and Mathematics, then went on to become one of Africa’s best authors, and lectured English Literature. Such passion. R.I.P Elechi Amadi. Your work,”The Concubine” was thoroughly read and re-read and enjoyed by moi and many of my peers. Ihuoma and Ekwueme, the doomed lovers.

  5. Expert

    June 30, 2016 at 9:06 am

    RIP Elechi Amadi. May your dreams, aspirations and principles continue to live in the hearts and minds of many Nigerians.

  6. Wale

    June 30, 2016 at 9:58 am

    Great legend truly he was! I read Concubine in 1998….. You lived well sir! Truly a legend

  7. Tosin

    June 30, 2016 at 10:05 am

    May we celebrate, and may we remember.

  8. Mr. Egghead

    June 30, 2016 at 10:12 am

    He was a fantastic story-teller, in the mould of Buchi Emecheta and Achebe. I pray he is not forgotten

  9. Prince

    June 30, 2016 at 10:34 am

    RIP Literary Colossus. The world will miss you.


    June 30, 2016 at 10:52 am

    It was a shock this morning about the news, indeed Africans will miss you & the world at large. I wish that icons like you would have remain immortal because you touch lives in a positive ways, may your soul rest in peace Amen

  11. Bobosteke & Lara Bian

    June 30, 2016 at 11:10 am

    Another one bites the dust… We live and then we live again.

  12. Naijatalk

    June 30, 2016 at 11:11 am

    RIP fine sir, another one of Africa’s greats gone. These were the people who made a difference. Not this legion of grandfathers struggling for power.
    BN, His illness cannot deteriorate. His condition deteriorated.

  13. Adaeze Writes

    June 30, 2016 at 11:44 am

    Oh my gosh! The concubine was and still is one of the best books by a Nigerian author that I’ve ever read. May his soul find rest in God’s bosom. Adieu amazing writer.

  14. ab

    June 30, 2016 at 11:54 am

    Rest well great one! Your work will surely live on…

  15. Naijatalk

    June 30, 2016 at 12:18 pm

    How do you take my correction BN but refuse to publish my comment?

  16. Oluchi

    June 30, 2016 at 1:36 pm

    Elechi Amadi was such an exceptional writer. He had an ingenious way of portraying characters that stuck in your head: Ihuoma the beauty, Ekwueme, Emenike, Agwoturumbe the medicine man. May his soul rest in peace.

  17. oversabi

    June 30, 2016 at 2:43 pm

    The loss of an icon!! One of the last icons of Rivers State when it was a place of glory. Rest in Peace Sir. Your legacy lives on in the minds of those of us who were raised by a system that took pride in its locally grown arts.

  18. deedee

    June 30, 2016 at 2:46 pm

    may his soul Rest in perfect peace… i need to go refresh my memory on “The concubine”.. “AGWO!TURUMBE AND co

  19. Dee

    June 30, 2016 at 4:53 pm

    The “concubine” the first novel I fell in love with, read in secondary school.
    Rest in peace Sir.

  20. nnenne

    July 1, 2016 at 1:07 am

    An iroko has fallen! Rest in peace, great one!
    The concubine was a epic read.

  21. nnenne

    July 1, 2016 at 1:09 am

    An iroko has fallen! Rest in peace, great one! The concubine was an epic read.

  22. daniel wanjiku

    July 7, 2016 at 8:44 pm

    it is not what you take when you go.its what leave behind. Go Well Mr. Amadi.

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