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Ikeogu Oke: The poet who penned his own epitaph

When news about the passing away of Nigeria’s celebrated poet, Ikeogu Oke, broke last week, not many people believed it was true considering that he was consistent in the public sphere as a celebrity since winning the 2017 Nigeria Prize for Literature for his poetry collection, “The Heresiad”. The late Ikeogu Oke was 51 years of age before his sudden death on the 24th of November 2018. He was born on May 23, 1967 in Jos, Plateau state; few years after Nigeria had gained her independence and also became a republic. A native of Abiriba in Abia State, Ikeogu Oke was said to have died in Abuja at the National Hospital from Pancreatic Cancer.

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