One of Africa’s renonowed novelist, dramatist, poet and author of The Concubine, Elechi Amadi, is dead. He died on Wednesday at the age of 82.
Elechi Amadi’s death occurred while receiving treatment in a hospital in Port Harcourt Nigeria.
The deceased was among the first generation of African writers and novelists. Some of his works include The Concubine, The Great Ponds, Isiburu, Sunset in Biafra, Dance of Johannesburg, Peppersoup, The Road to Ibadan, The Slave , Biafra, Estrangement and the Woman of Calaber.
The Concubine, one of his most celebrated works, pictures the culture of marriage and forbidden traditions and was originally published in 1966. It has remained a recommended text, which is vastly used in Africa.
Amadi was born in 1934 and held a BSc degree in Physics and Mathematics. He served in Nigerian army as a marine commando when he was much younger. Upon retirement as a captain, he also worked as a teacher and held several political appointments in his native Rivers State.
Famously called Captain Elechi Amadi, The concubine author was kidnapped in 2008 but was freed after after a few days. His name has been trending on Twitter in Nigeria, and also in Kenya and Tanzania too.
People have taken to social media to pay tribute to the late author Elechi Amadi, lauding his seminal work, The Concubine, and celebrating his voice for feminism.
The author, in the book, told the story of a woman “of great beauty and dignity” who brings suffering and death to all her lovers against her intention. The novel portrays a society still ruled by traditional gods, giving a hint on the the human relationships that such a society creates.
The Concubine has been hailed as a “most accomplished first performance” and “an outstanding work of pure fiction” by leading literary critics.