Saturday, February 17, 2018 2:17 pm
Professor Akinwumi Isola, playwright, novelist, academic and Yoruba cultural activist, died in Ibadan in the morning of Saturday, 17 February 2018. He was 79.
He was born in Ibadan in 1939, attended Labode Methodist School and Wesley College. He studied at the University of Ibadan, earning a B. A. in French. He also earned an M.A. in Yoruba literature from the University of Lagos in 1978 before commencing academic work as a lecturer at Obafemi Awolowo University. He was appointed Professor at the same University in 1991. Isola wrote his first play, Efunsetan Aniwura, in 1961 and 1962 whilst still a student at the University of Ibadan.
This was followed by the novel O Leku. His play proved popular, and one performance in Ibadan was watched by forty thousand people. Also, in 1986, he wrote and composed the college anthem that is currently being sung in defunct Wesley College Elekuro, Ibadan.
By Lanre Ogundipe (FB)