Nigerian literary icon Elechi Amadi dies
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Nigerian literary icon Elechi Amadi dies

Posted AFRICAREVIEW.COM and BBC

on  Thursday, June 30   2016 at  13:52

Popular Nigerian author Elechi Amadi is dead.

Amadi died at the age of 82 after a short illness.

He is best known for his famous book The Concubine.

Forbidden traditions

The Concubine pictured the culture of marriage and forbidden traditions and was originally published in 1966.

It has remained a recommended text, which is widely read in schools across Africa.

Amadi's other books include Sunset in Biafra, Peppersoup, The Slave and The Road to Ibadan.

Political appointments

A physics and mathematics graduate of the University of Ibadan, Amadi joined the Nigerian army and continued serving in it during the civil war, despite coming from the Niger Delta, which was part of the breakaway state of Biafra.

When retired as a captain, he also worked as a teacher and held several political appointments in his native Rivers State.