A foremost scholar of Oral Literature and award-winning novelist, Isidore Okpewho, has died at 74.
He was a prolific author, co-author and editor of about 14 books, dozens of articles and a seminal booklet, A Portrait of the Artist as a Scholar. Prof. Okpewho died peacefully at a hospital in Binghamton, a town in Upstate New York where he had lived and taught since 1991.
His teaching career spanned University of New York at Buffalo (1974-76), University of Ibadan (1976-90), Harvard University (1990-91), and State University of New York at Binghamton. According to Canada-based Nduka Otiono, quoting family sources, the distinguished Professor at State University of New York, Binghamton, passed away on September 4, 2016, surrounded by family members.
Although he battled illness recently, the scholar and humanist demonstrated exceptional capacity in dealing with his challenging health conditions. Indeed, only two years ago, his last book to which he had long committed his intellectual resources,Blood on the Tides: The Ozidi Saga and Oral Epic Narratology, was published by University of Rochester Press. Read more