The first John Pepper Bekederemo Clark memorial lecture begins tomorrow Monday October 11, 2021 through Wednesday.
The three-day lecture will feature big-name scholars and writers in a zoom meeting starting from 2pm.
Prof. Clark died on October 13, 2020 in Lagos but was buried, according to his wish, in his riverine community in Kiagbodo, Burutu local government area of Delta state.
His close friend and contemporary, Professor Wole Soyinka, is one of the distinguished lecturers expected at the meeting.
Others are; Professors Tanure Ojaide, GG Darah, Femi Osofisan, Hope Eghagha, Mabel Evwierhoma and Saint Gbilekaa.
Other university dons are also expected at the event, namely Doctors Olatunbosun Oke and Kene Chudy-Onwugaje. Associate professor at Carleton University, Ottawa in Canade will join in from North America.
Organised by the Family of the late poet, dramatist, the Departments of English, University of Lagos and University of Ibadan along the Association of Nigerian Authors the meeting is titled Celebrating the Life and Times of JP Clark.
Each of the speakers will discuss on different topics. Thus, Darah will expound on “JP Clark: Voyager of Our Folkways”, while Ojaide will tackle “What We Don’t Know Yet about JP Clark’s Writings”.
Otiono and Evwierhoma will focus on “JP Clark and Poetic Expeditions in Mortality” and “JP Clark: Towards an Agenda for Femocracy”, respectively.
Professor of Theatre Arts, Gbilekaa has on his hands “An Ecocritical Discourse of JP Clark’s ALL for Oil & Women’s Revolt.” This is scheduled for the first day of the memorial.