Gabriel Okara: Africa has lost a literary giant – Peter Obi

Former Anambra State Governor Peter Obi

Vice presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the 2019 general elections, Peter Obi, on Tuesday described the death of poet, writer and administrator, Gabriel Okara, as the loss of an African literary giant.

“Gabriel Okara was not just a celebrated poet but, indeed, one of the greatest writers ever to come out of Africa. With his death, the continent has lost a literary giant,” Obi said in a statement issued by his media office.

The former Anambra State governor described Dr. Okara, who died on Sunday in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State, at the age of 97 as a rare breed.

“Pa Okara was not just a poet and writer but also an accomplished administrator of men and resources. As Life Patron of the Association of Nigerian Authors (ANA), he played a critical role in moulding the present and future generations of Nigerian writers,” Obi said.

He also praised the late Okara’s exemplary life of contentment and incorruptibility, noting that these are qualities needed to be imbibed by the present generation of Nigerians to get Nigeria out of the doldrums.

Obi condoled Okara’s family, the Bayelsa State Government, the Ijaw nation and the Nigerian literary community, urging them to take solace in the deceased’s rich legacies of hard work, excellence and probity.