Ikeogu Oke Kalu, the author of the poetry volume Heresiad, and winner of the 2017 Nigeria Prize for Literature, would be buried on February 23 at his Akanu Ohafia, Ohafia Local government, Abia State home.
Oke died last November, aged 51, at the National Hospital, Abuja, after a protracted illness.
He had a Bachelor of Art in English and Literary Studies from the University of Calabar and an MA in Literature from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, was also author of ‘Salutes without Guns.’
In 2010, Nobel laureate Nadine Gordimer selected ‘Salutes without Guns’ as Book of the Year for The Times Literary Supplement, while, in 2017, ‘The Heresiad’ won the Nigeria Prize for Literature, Africa’s biggest literary prize at $100,000.
According to a statement by his brother, John Oke, the funeral ceremony would start on February 19 with a service of songs at his Abuja residence: 3, Ambassador IJ Udoyen Crescent, opposite CBN Estate, Karu from 7pm.
There will be a vigil at his Ugwuafia Layout, Akanu Ohafia home on February 22, to be followed by a lying-in-state by 11am at the same location on February 23. Interment follows immediately at the family compound.
The statement said Oke was survived by his mother, wife, children, brothers, sisters, cousins, aunts and uncles.