He was involved in a car accident with the convoy of a State Governor, Idris Wada (Kogi State, in the central region of Nigeria). Late Festus Iyayi was actually on his way to attend a meeting regarding a University strike. It is a pity he died in such a way. First African writer to win the Commonwealth Writer's Prize for Best Book Overall, in 1988.
Please click here to read my review of his novel.
I look forward to reading more of his works.
Sorry, this is coming late, I just found out.