Nigerians Continue to Mourn the Death of Award-Winning Poet, Ikeogu Oke

The literary community, and indeed all of Nigeria was cast into mourning Sunday following the death of renowned poet and winner of the 2017 NLNG Prize for Literature, Ikeogu Oke.

Oke died in Abuja after an illness on Saturday at the age of 51. Details of his death are yet to be clear.

He shot to nationwide prominence in 2017 when he won the Nigeria Prize for Literature for his book, The Heresiad.

He was presented with a cheque of $100,000 (N37m) by the Nigeria Liquefied Natural Gas Company Limited.

His poems and other writings have appeared in journals, anthologies and other publications worldwide.

He also performed his poems at various fora across Africa and the United States, and Nigerians have taken to Twitter to express their sadness at his passing.

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