PAWA mourns Nigerian novelist, Mallam Gimba

The Pan African Writers’ Association (PAWA) has expressed shock at the death of Mallam Abubakar Gimba, a renowned African novelist from Nigeria.

Malam Gimba died at age 63 at the Minna General Hospital, Nigeria after a prolonged illness.

A statement signed by Professor Atukwei Okai, Secretary-General of PAWA, and copied The Ghanaian Times in Accra said, Mallam Gimba was a celebrated literary figure who paid his dues to the Association of Nigeria Authors, and served as its one-time president.

The statement said the late Mallam Gimba was the author of several novels, including Witness to Tears, Trail of Sacrifice, Innocent Victims, Sunset for a Mandarin and Golden Apples. He won the Delta Poetry Prize with his poetry volume, Inner Rumblings.

The late Mallam Gimba was a trained economist, and served as the Executive Director of United Bank of Africa and Union Bank of Nigeria, and Permanent Secretary of Finance and Economic Planning, during the governorship of David Mark of Niger State, and the latter’s Special Advisor at the Senate.

He became the recipient of the Order of the Federal Republic, a prestigious award from the federal government.

The late Mallam Gimba was touted as the “Northern Nigeria answer to Achebe and Soyinka,” and would be immortalised by the Delta Book Club with “the Abubakar Gimba Literary Award”.

By Times Reporter

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