Curtain Falls! Akinwumi Isola Dies At 79

Professor Akinwumi Isola is dead! He died Saturday morning, in his Ibadan, Oyo State, home, aged 79.

PROF Isola known for promoting the Yoruba language, had many of his books written in Yoruba, though studied French for his first degree.

Born in Ibadan in 1939, he attended Labode Methodist School and Wesley College, and later studied at the University of Ibadan, where he graduated with a B. A. in French.

In 1978, he earned his M.A. in Yoruba literature from the University of Lagos before starting academic work as a lecturer at Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Osun State.

In 1991, he was appointed a Professor at Obafemi Awolowo University.

Prof Isola wrote his first play, Efúnṣetán Aníwúra, during 1961 and 1962, while still a student at the University of Ibadan, which was followed by a novel O Leku.

The play said to gain popularity at one performance in Ibadan was reportedly watched by forty thousand people.