Professor Chukwuemeka Ike, one of Nigeria’s most read novelists died on Thursday, January 9, 2020, in Anambra State at the age of 89 after a brief illness.
He was the traditional ruler of Ndikelionwu community in Orumba, Anambra state, a position he held since 2008.
He studied history, English and Religious Studies at the University of Ibadan and later earned a Master’s degree at Stanford University.
He served as an academic in various roles including as a registrar at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, and a visiting professor at the University of Jos
He also served as the registrar of the West African Examination Council, the first Nigerian to hold that position.
Professor Ike achieved acclaim for his works such as Toads for Supper, The Naked Gods (1970), The Potter’s Wheel (1973), Sunset at Dawn (1976), Expo ’77 (1980), The Bottled Leopard (1985), Our Children Are Coming (1990) among others.