THE Department of English, University of Lagos, will hold a 3-day event tagged ‘The First JP Clark Memorial’ in honour of the late poet and dramatist. The memorial is in conjunction with JP Clark’s family and will hold from Monday, October 11-13, 2021. Clark’s friend and literary soulmate Prof. Wole Soyinka will headline the event that will feature an assemblage of scholars and writers from within and the diaspora to discuss the quintessential Clark and his work.
Monday Day 1 will feature Nobel laureate Prof. Wole Soyinka. Others are Profs. Gordini G. Darah, Tanure Ojaide, Mabel Evwierhoma, Saint Gbilekaa, Dr. Nduka Otiono. Darah will speak on ‘JP Clark: Voyager of Our Folkways’, Ojaide will speak on ‘What We Don’t Know Yet About JP Clark’s Writing’, Evwierhoma will discuss ‘JP Clark: Towards an Agenda for Femocracy’, Gbilekka will speak on ‘An Ecocritical Discourse of JP Clark’s All for Oil & Women’s Revolt’, and Otiono will discuss ‘JP Clark and Poetic Expeditions in Mortality’ while Profs. Femi Osofisa and Hope Eghagha will moderate the memorial proceedings. Time is 2:00pm.
Tuesday Day 2 is anchored by the Association of Nigerian Authors’ and tagged ‘Celebrating the Life and Times of JP Clark’ and also dedicated to ‘Cancer Outreach Programme’. Dr. Olatunbosun A, Ola will speak on ‘Colon Cancer the Silent Killer: Statistics and Prevalence in Nigeria’ and Dr. Kene Chudy-Onwugaje will speak on ‘Hidden Cancers and their Prevention: How to Direct and Prevent Colon Cancer’. Time is 2:00pm On the last day of the memorial, Wednesday, October 13, 2021, at 3:00pm, there will be a performance of the dramatist’s feminist-driven play, The Wives’ Revolt. Interestingly, all the activities will feature in a hybrid format of virtual and physical for the delight of lovers of the late JP Clark’s poetic and dramatic offerings.