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Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Popular Nigerian Poet & Novelist Gabriel Okara Is Dead

Image may contain: one or more peopleGabriel Imomotimi Gbaingbain Okara, a poet, novelist and playwright, has died at 97 years — four weeks before his 98th birthday. He died today in his sleep at his residence at
Okaka Estate in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State, after a brief illness.
Gabriel Imomotimi Okara (24 April 1921 – 25 March 2019) was a Nigerian poet and novelist who was born in Bumoundi in Yenagoa , Bayelsa State, Nigeria . The first
Modernist poet of Anglophone Africa, he is best known for his early experimental novel, The Voice (1964), and his award-winning poetry, published in The Fisherman's Invocation (1978) and The Dreamer, His Vision (2005). 
Gabriel Imomotimi Gbaingbain Okara, the son of an Ijọ chief, was born in Bomoundi in the Niger Delta in 1921. He was educated at Government College Umuahia , and later at
Yaba Higher College. During World War II, he attempted to enlist in the British Royal Air Force but did not complete pilot training, instead he worked for a time for the
British Overseas Airway Corporation (later British Airways). 
In 1945 Okara found work as a printer and bookbinder for colonial Nigeria’s government-owned publishing company. He remained in that post for nine years, during which he began to write. At first he translated poetry from Ijaw into English and wrote scripts for government radio. He studied journalism at Northwestern University in 1949, and before the outbreak of the Nigerian Civil War (1967–70) worked as Information Officer for the Eastern Nigerian Government Service. Together with Chinua Achebe , Okara was roving ambassador for Biafra 's cause during part of 1969. From 1972 to 1980 he was director of the Rivers State Publishing House in Port Harcourt.
May his soul rest in peace.

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Chikadibia Martin

He remains my great poet.
"The call of the river nun."

Isaac Obasi

Rip nonagenarian
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He try
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William Effiong

Great literary icon
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Rip oasis of inspiration
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Lekie Gima

A very great intellectual-Rest in Peace Sir
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