Foremost novelist and traditional ruler of Ndikelionwu in the Orumba South Local Government Area of Anambra State, Prof Chukwuemeka Ike, is dead.
Naija News understands that the writer reportedly died at Nnamdi Azikiwe University Teaching Hospital, Nnewi, after a brief illness on Thursday.
The Anambra Monarch, born on 28th April 1931, had lost his son three years ago.
Professor Ike was known for a unique brand of fiction that mixed lampoon, humour, and satire.
His hometown, Ndikelionwu, was a regular feature in his writings.
He was a former Registrar of the West African Examination Council (WAEC) and the boss of the Nigerian Book Trust Foundation at a time.
His works include, Toads for Super, published 1965, The Naked God’s (1970), The Potter’s Wheel (1973), Sunset at Dawn (1976), Expo ’77 (1980), The Chicken Chasers (1980), The Bottled Leopard (1985), Our Children Are Coming Home (1990), and Conspiracy of Silence.
Ike attended Government College, Umuahia, the same school attended by the late Prof. Chinua Achebe and Christopher Okigbo, a poet.
He went on to study English, history, and religion at the University of Ibadan.
He was survived by his wife, Prof Adebimpe Ike.