Mahama eulogises late Prof Atukwei Okai

 The late Prof Atukwei Okai

The late Prof Atukwei Okai

Former President John Dramani Mahama has eulogised the late Professor Atukwei Okai, describing him as a genius and a unique oral poet.

The renowned Ghanaian scholar, cultural activist and author, died in Accra, at the Korle- Bu Teaching hospital on Friday, July 13, 2018 aged 77 after a short illness.

Until his death, Prof. Atukwei Okai was the Secretary-General of the Pan African Writers Association (PAWA) of Ghana.

Former President Mahama said he was honoured when Prof. Okai accepted him as a member of the Writer’s Association after the publication of his book ‘My First Coup d’etat’.

“He was a unique oral poet of our time, a wordsmith whose art was a unique combination of music and dramatisation.

‘Lorgorligi Logarithms’, for which he was well known, tickled our cultural fantasies.

“He would be remembered as a genius whose musical poetry was not only spectacular in imagery and clever wordplay, but also natural in how it captured the cadences and rhythm of speech.

“I am yet to know anyone who was not delighted after listening to one of those beautiful poetic renditions by Prof., which we are going to miss forever.

“Prof., like the eponymous ‘Rosimaya’, you have finished our Friday and wrecked the rest of our week.

“May your soul rest in peace,” former President Mahama added in a Facebook post. –

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