Professor Harry Garuba poet, academic and polymath who died on February 28, 2020 was buried today Saturday April 25, 2020 in Cape Town, South Africa.
The very private ceremony was attended by close family members, friends and colleagues. .
His wife, Zazi and their two children Ruona and Zukina were at the small and intimate gathering of close colleagues and family which included the vice chancellor of the university of Cape Town where Harry taught.
Pictures were not allowed.
Born in Akure, Ondo state, Harry Garuba as he was widely known, found his voice at the University of Ibadan where he earned his PhD in 1988.
Described as ‘a luminary in the field of African literature and a champion of postcolonial theory and postcolonial literature’, Harry Garuba was one of the leading lights (he was the founder) of the Thursday Club at the University of Ibadan where he became the unwitting literary mid-wife of one of the most outstanding collective of contemporary Nigerian poets including Afam Akeh, Chiedu Ezeanah, Sanya Osha, Nduka Otiono, Idzia Ahmad and many others.
Harry Garuba introduced a coterie of poets via his 1988 collection: Voices from the Fringe: An ANA Anthology of New Nigerian Poetry. He was also the author of two collections of poetry – Shadow and Dream & Other Poems as well as Animist Chants and Memorials