Abuja (Sundiata Post) –Renowned Playwright, Actor and Cultural Activist, Prof. Akinwunmi Isola, is Dead
He died Saturday morning in Ibadan after a protracted illness that spanned over two years at the age of 79, family sources said
The late Isola, who was best known for his literary works, authored Efunsetan Aniwura, O le ku, Madam Tinubu and also translated Prof Wole Soyinka’s Death and the King’s Horseman and Aké: The Years of Childhood, into Yoruba.
As a student at the University of Ibadan, Isola wrote ‘Efunsetan Aniwura,’ a play that had remained a timeless piece in teaching lessons on abuse of power and retribution, and his epic novel, ‘O le ku,’ has also remained evergreen.
Sundiata Post recalls that late Prof. Isola was also a blessing to his Alma Mater, Wesley College, Ibadan, because he composed the school anthem, which is still in use till date.
He was a man of many parts. Not only was he a prolific writer, but he was also a talented actor and astute broadcaster who churned out many plays, drama series and box office films.”
“Prof Akinwumi Isola was an unabashed believer in the promotion of the Yoruba language, which he once demonstrated by being the first person to deliver a university convocation lecture in Yoruba at the Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba-Akoko, Ondo State, which was very unconventional.”(Sun)