By Moshood Sakariyau and Olufunke Johnson
Nigerian renowned poet and literary icon, Professor J.P Clark-Bekederemo has unveiled his newest
anthology of poems entitled Remains of a Tide.
Remains of a Tide published by Mosuro Publisher was launched at J.P Clark Centre, University of Lagos.
In his remarks, the Head of English Department, University of Lagos Professor Hope Eghagha described the literary icon as a distinguished scholar, international poet who has made significant contributions to the development of poetry and drama in Africa and Nigeria in particular.
Professor Eghagha said that the presentation of Remains of a Tide was like a Home-Coming for Professor J.P Clark and his counterpart, Professor Wole Soyinka having recognised their contributions to English Department of the University of Lagos. He said Professor Wole Soyinka once served as Head of English Department, University of Lagos in 1965-1967.
The book presentation had in attendance foremost Nigerian poet and playwright Professor Emeritus Femi Osofisan, Nobel Laureate, Professor Wole Soyinka and his wife Folake, veteran broadcaster, Julie Coker.
Other guests included Chief Oscar Ibru, Chief Jerome Coker, Dr. Patrick Okoko, Colonel D.J Bamije (rtd), O. Mac Emakpore, Chief Godwin Adokpaye, Tony Echiejina and representatives of the Lagos chapter of the Association of Nigerian Authors, (ANA) led by secretary, Yemi Adebiyi.
His other Collection of Poems included A Reed in the Tide, (1965), Full Tide, Casualties: Poems 1966-68, A Decade of Tongues 1981, State of the Unions 1981, Mandela and other poems 1988, Abiku, Night Rain and Song of a Goat.