30 June 2016
Since the death of Captain Elechi Amadi on Wednesday, tributes have been pouring in from all over the world, even across different social media platforms.
It is not only literary enthusiasts who were left devastated by the demise of the literary giant, non-enthusiasts were too.
In one way or the other, the great writer through his work of art influenced Nigerians, Africans and the world at large.
He was born in Aluu, Ikwerre local government area of Rivers State and lived most of his life in the state.
This must have prompted Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, to be one of the first people who expressed sadness over the death of the literary icon.
Governor Wike’s statement was made public on Wednesday by the Governor’s Special Assistant on Electronic Media, Simeon Nwakaudu.
According to Channels News, the Governor described the author’s death as a loss to the country. He said that the contributions of the literary Icon to the development of the nation was legendary.
The Governor added that his literary works promoted Rivers State, the Niger Delta region and the country, hence he would be celebrated by Rivers State and all lovers of literature across the country.
Governor Wike also said that his achievements in different areas of national life would always be remembered.
The General Director of Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Dr. Dakuku Peterside has also paid tribute to the great writer.
He said. “Captain Elechi Amadi, certainly was a man of many parts who touched lives in many ways. And he will be remembered for good by many people who met him physically or through his books.
“He was a well known author, publisher, soldier and statesman who was concerned about a better society.
“My generation will definitely remember him more for his great books like the Concubine, the Great Ponds, Sunset in Biafra, Estrangement, The Slave and a collection of poems.
“It is regrettable that Amadi passed away at a time when Rivers, our dear state is still far away from the aspirations of its founding fathers like him and most sons and daughters of the state.
“There is no doubt that Elder Elechi Amadi and other founding fathers will be weeping in their graves at the state of Rivers State. Nigeria and the international literary community has lost a creative giant.
“The departed patriot, no doubt, had a remarkable life and he will surely be remembered for serving humanity with literature and his interventions. May his soul find eternal rest in the Lord.”
Ikhide Ikheloa also known as PA Ikhide also paid his tribute. He wrote on twitter of the impact Elechi Amadi had on readers.
Elechi Amadi taught my generation to hold a book until the book holds you and stills your demons. We are here because you dared to write. 👏🏾
— Pa Ikhide (@ikhide) June 30, 2016
Author of Tomorrow Died Yesterday, Chimeka Garricks also paid his tribute via twitter:
Soldier. Teacher. Storyteller. Legend.
Thanks for the wonderful stories & your welcoming personality.
— Chimeka Garricks (@MrGarricks) June 30, 2016
Uganda’s Notable Literary Festival also paid their tribute:
One of Africa's Literary Giants, Elechi Amadi famed for his classic, "The Concubine', has gone to sleep…FARE THEE WELL Chief. We'll miss U
— #Writivism2016 (@Writivism) June 29, 2016
Artiste Darey Art Alade paid his tribute via instagram: