Anambra monarch, Emeka Ike dies

Author turned traditional ruler, Prof Vincent Chukwuemeka Ike is dead. He was aged 89

Credited with many novels including Toads for Super, Bottled Leopard and The Naked gods among others, was the traditional ruler of Ndikelionwu, in Orumba North local government area of Anambra State.

Reports said he passed on Friday night after some health challenges since December. He was admitted at the Teaching Hospital at  Nnewi.

Ike, was a Nigerian writer known for a mixture of lampoon, humour and satire.

He owed a little bit of his style to his Igbo cultural upbringing.

The monarch studied history, English and Religious Studies at the University of Ibadan and earned a master’s degree at Stanford University.

Among many of the younger generation, he was popular as the author of Expo ’77, a critical look at academic examination abuses in West Africa.

Ike was a former registrar of the West African Examinations Council (WAEC).

Chukwuemeka Ike, started early education in his native town. He left his town for further education at Ife-Mbaise and then from 1945 to 1950, he attended Government College Umuahia.

He started writing at Umuahia for the school magazine, The Umuahian and he was also influenced by teacher that included Saburi Biobaku, who had honours in English from Cambridge.

Some eminent Nigerian writers who attended the school included Chinua Achebe, Christopher Okigbo, and Ken Saro Wiwa.

 

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