Lagos - One of Africa’s foremost scholar of Oral Literature and award-winning novelist, Professor Isidore Okpewho, has passed on at 74.
The Distinguished Professor at State University of New York, died peacefully on Sunday, September 4th, surrounded by family members at a hospital in Binghamton, a town in Upstate New York where he had lived and taught since 1991.
His teaching career spanned University of New York at Buffalo (1974-76), University of Ibadan (1976-90), Harvard University (1990-91), and State University of New York at Binghamton.
Okpewho won the 1976 African Arts Prize for Literature and 1993 Commonwealth Writers' Prize Best Book Africa.
His four novels, The Victims, The Last Duty, Tides, and Call me by my Rightful Name are widely studied in Africa and other parts of the world, with some of them translated into major world languages.