Another Writer Gone: Abubakar Gimba (1952-2015): A Tribute by Su’eddie Vershima Agema
“in the words of the poet, Hyginus Ekwuazi, may the sands
lie softly on him.”
I got to note yesterday, like many others, that Abubakar Gimba, the talented writer, economist and former Executive Director of the United Bank for Africa and Union Bank, died on 26th February, 2015 at the Minna General Hospital (in Niger state, Nigeria), at about 11:50pm, after a prolonged illness. He was 63 years old.
I came in contact with Abubakar Gimba first through his book Witnesses to Tears which we had to read for our pre-university JAMB examination. It was a fascinating book and I enjoyed the twist to it. I got to read some of his other works and much later, at different national Association of Nigerian Authors (ANA) annual conventions, I got to see the man, a one-time President of the association. He was a humble man and never walked up to any platform or high table until he was invited. A friend of mine always insulted this…
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