A popular Nigerian playwright, Prof Akinwumi Ishola is dead.
Pa Akinwunmi died in the morning of Saturday, February 17, 2018, in his hometown, Ibadan, Oyo State.
According to a trusted source, baba died in Ibadan after an age-related sickness at a ripe age of 79.
Baba Akinwumi has been sick for some time now and he died peacefully this morning, according to a family source.
Pa Ishola was born in Ibadan in 1939, He attended Labode Methodist School and later went to Wesley College.
He earned a B. A. in French at the University of Ibadan and also an M.A. in Yoruba literature from the University of Lagos in 1978 before lecturing at O.A.U Ile-Ife.
He was made a Professor at OAU in 1991. Pa Ishola wrote his first play, Efunsetan Aniwura, when he was a student of the University of Ibadan in 1961, followed by the novel O Leku.
His works were prominent when performance in Ibadan was watched by forty thousand people. In 1986, he wrote and composed the college anthem that is currently being sung at Wesley College Ibadan.
Baba also wrote some plays and novels before he broke into broadcasting, creating a production company that has turned a number of his plays into television dramas and films. Though his target audience were Yorubas, Baba has some of his works written in English language but most were translated into Yoruba language.
In 2000, he was awarded the National Merit Award and the Fellow of the Nigerian Academy of Letters in recognition of his immense contributions to the Literary industry. He was also visiting the professor at the University of Georgia.
He wrote a play titled Olu Omo. which was published in May 1983 by Onibonoje Press & Book industries (Nig.) Ltd.
May His soul Rest In Perfect Peace!