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Heinemann Ex-Boss Dies

The late Aigboje Higo

Arrangements have been concluded for the burial of former chairman of Heinemann Educational Books, Aigboje Higo. He died last month at the age of 81.

According to the burial arrangement, there will be Service of Songs for the late renowned publisher at the premises of Heinemann Educational Books, Nigeria Publishers Plc, Ibadan, Oyo State, on 23 July, 2014 at 3.30pm. The premises is located on 1, Ighodaro Road, Jericho, Ibadan.

It will be followed by Commendation Service on 24 July at the Chapel of Resurrection, University of Ibadan, at 10a.m. There will be a wake keep same day in Otuo, Edo State.

The late Aigboje Higo

The late Aigboje Higo

He will be buried on 25 July at St. Stephen’s Anglican Church, Iyeu-Otuo, Edo State, at 11 a.m., while reception follows immediately.

There will be a thanksgiving service on 27 July.

In his earlier tribute to the late Higo, renowned poet, Niyi Osundare, described him as “the ultimate publisher. A poet and writer himself, a literary insider who understands the intimate meaning of words, Higo loves the book, responds to the lilt of its letters, cradles it in his hands the way a mother cradles a new baby, and – what’s more-reads it, enters into eternal dialogue with it while empowering it to talk to and with the world. A deeply rooted cosmopolitan who these past fifty years has travelled back  and forth in the amazing world of books, he has cultivated a mind fortified by imagination, a mind constantly full of idea. A thoroughly cultured personality with a robust taste for the art, the classy, but decent, he derives from the world of the book, of art, a deepening, humanizing temper, a reflective propensity that transcends the merely curious and cavalier.”

Osundare further writes: “Any wonder that Higo’s apprehension of Nigeria’s, nay Africa’s modern literary history, is so full and so authoritative. He was there at the birth of what has now come to be called modern Nigerian literature. He was there to witness its labour pains, the first birth cries, its tender, sometimes troubled infanthood, its nurturing into adolescence, and its current maturation… No one with any sense of history can easily forget the 1960s and its tremendous ferment of enthusiasm, its outburst of creativity. These were the starting days of Christopher Okigbo, Wole Soyinka, J.P. Clark, Chinua Achebe, Mabel Segun, Bola Ige, and that ebullient Renaissance man par excellence,  Demas Nwoko. Ulli Beier was there, the unorthodox , restlessly creative catalyst of modern Nigerian literature and art. Loud and sonorous were the songs of the Black Orpheus. The Mbari oozed inspiration from every pore in its walls. It was a great time to start out as a writer. As Heinemann editor, Higo was well positioned to help into print some of the wonderful works of the imagination with which Africa surprised a cynical world that had denied the Black continent any capability for imaginative or intellectual thought… Meticulous, frugal, strict but compassionate, Higo posses the protean wisdom of a village elder and purposive panache of a corporate manager. I have always told him that he reminds me of two men whose roles have been crucial in my life: the first is my father and the second Chief Sammie Fal Adeniran,  my principal at Amoye Grammar School, Ikere, (who incidentally was Oga Higo’s former  teacher and guardian). The same spirit of hard work, tenacity, superb sense of purpose, love of life and living: the same anger at injustice, the same ready resistance to anything that belittles the human being and his/her space in the universe…”

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