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Veteran Author Chukwuemeka Ike Dies at 88

One of Nigeria’s most prolific novelists, is Chukwiuemeka Ike is dead.

It was gathered that the novelist died on Thursday in Anambra state

Until his death, he was the traditional ruler of Ndikelionwu community in Orumba, Anambra, a position he held since 2008.

During his lifetime, he served as an academic in various roles including as a registrar at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN) and a visiting professor at the University of Jos (UNIJOS).

He also served as the registrar of the West African Examination Council (WAEC), the first Nigerian to hold that position.

He is known to have mirrored the African and Igbo societies in his some of his novels including From Toads for Supper, his first work published in 1965, The Naked Gods (1970), The Potter’s Wheel (1973), Sunset at Dawn (1976), Expo ’77 (1980), The Bottled Leopard (1985), Our Children Are Coming (1990) among others.

Ike died at the age of 88.

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