Africa has lost one of its great writers, renowned Nigerian author, Elechi Amadi, popularly known for his debut masterpiece, The Concubine (1966), which is widely considered his magnum opus.
Born in Nigeria in 1934, Amadi passed away on the 29th of June 2016 in Port Harcourt, aged 82.
Set in pre-colonial Africa, The Concubine, which centres on traditional values in African society, is amongst the most widely read books in modern African literature and remains a popular prescribed text in African literature.
Amadi wrote a number of novels, and his books include, The Great Ponds (1969), The Slave (1978) and Estrangement (1986). He also wrote numerous plays, essays and poems.
A physics and mathematics graduate Amadi worked as a teacher, and also served in the Nigerian army, and retired at the rank of Captain.
Amadi, indeed leaves an indelible mark and a great legacy, which will continue to inspire contemporary and future African writers. May he rest in perpetual peace.
Since news of his death broke, heartfelt tributes and fond remembrances have been streaming in and social media users have been sending their condolences messages.
I have been slow to comment because of my heartbreak. Ojo Maduekwe worked with me and Elechi Amadi comforted me with his works.
— Goodluck E. Jonathan (@GEJonathan) June 30, 2016
Rest in Peace Elechi Amadi… some many master piece written & put to play Sir , "The Concubine" The Great Ponds,The Slave many more .
— jdpromotions (@jdpromotions) July 1, 2016
— #45Poems4Freedom (@bwesigye) June 30, 2016
We also today mourn #ElechiAmadi– a great man of Letters who actually studied Physics& Mathematics. His books make African Culture poignant.
— Oby Ezekwesili (@obyezeks) June 30, 2016
Novelist, poet and dramatist Captain Elechi Amadi has died at the age of 82. A huge loss. pic.twitter.com/2kkmz7lIGL
— Jalada Africa (@JaladaAfrica) June 30, 2016
If u grew up when bragging rights were earned for how many books by African writers u owned/had read, difficult not to know of Elechi Amadi
— Waziri Adio (@Waziriadio) June 30, 2016