Foremost playwright, Prof Akinwunmi Ishola, dies at 78

Foremost playwright, Prof Akinwunmi Ishola, dies at 78

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Nigerian playwright, dramatist and actor, Prof Akinwumi Ishola has died, aged 79.

Ishola, who wrote the popular play, Efunsetan Aniwura, when he was a student of the University of Ibadan in 1961, died in Ibadan after age-related ailment according to a family source.

“Baba has gone,” said the source, who preferred anonymity because he was not authorised to speak on behalf of the family.

“He had been sick for some time and was getting better. But this morning, he died peacefully. He left a good legacy and his life was a good example for mankind.”

A friend of the deceased and chairman of Kakanfo Inn and Conference Centre, Dr Lekan Are, who also confirmed the demise of the professor of Yoruba and writer of several Yoruba plays, praised Akinwunmi for his passion for Yoruba culture, language and tradition, adding the deceased wife called him early on Saturday to inform him of the actor’s death.

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