Renowned playwright Akinwunmi Ishola dies at 79

Renowned playwright Akinwunmi Ishola dies at 79

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

- A friend of the deceased and chairman of Kakanfo Inn and Conference Centre, Lekan Are confirmed the demise of the professor of Yoruba and writer of several Yoruba plays

- Are praised Akinwunmi for his passion for Yoruba culture, language and tradition

Nigerian playwright, dramatist and actor, Professor Akinwumi Ishola has gone to the great beyond at age of 79, Vanguard reports.

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.

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

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''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, 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.

According to Are, ''When his wife called me this morning, and told me that Ishola had died, I was shocked because I had visited him two weeks ago, when he told me that he was getting better. We had a vibrant discussion. He was excited to see me again.

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''This is why I was taken aback by his death. He was a brilliant individual who made Yoruba history popular beyond Africa.

''He delivered lectures in Yoruba language. He wanted the language of Yoruba to feature prominently in our education system but unfortunately, this did not happen in his life time. May his soul rest in peace.''

Meanwhile, NAIJ.com had reported that Alex Ekwueme, a former vice president passed away in a London hospital in the late hours of Sunday, November 19.

family release confirmed the tragic development. "The family regrets to announce the peaceful passing away of their patriarch, the former Vice-President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria Dr Alex Ifeanyichukwu Ekwueme (GCON).

"The sad event occurred at The London Clinic at 10:00 pm on Sunday 19th November 2017," a statement signed by HRH Prof Lazarus Ekwueme, a younger brother of the deceased, read.

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