Prof. Akiwunmi Ishola dies at 78

Prof. Akinwunmi Ishola

Professor Akinwunmi Ishola, a foremost playwright and culture activist is dead. He died at his Bolajoko Estate home in Ibadan on Saturday at the age of 78 years. The late playwright, who had been down with illness for about two years, had several works to his credit which include, ‘Oleku, ‘ ‘Kosegbe, ‘ ‘Saworoide,’ ‘Agogo Eewo,’ among others. Born in Ibadan in 1939, Prof Ishola attended Labode Methodist School and Wesley College in the capital of the old Western Region of Nigeria. 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 where he was appointed a professor in 1991.

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