The art and culture community lost another giant member today as the notable Yoruba playwright and teacher, Akinwumi Isola is dead.
Isola, according to family sources, died peacefully in Ibadan the Oyo State capital Saturday morning. He was said to have been on a sick bed for some time but appeared to be getting better.
Expectedly reactions have trailed the demise of the notable playwright, who produced his first major play, Efunsetan Aniwura even as a student of the University of Ibadan way back in 1961.
President Muhammadu Buhari, in a statement by Femi Adesina which was made available to the Nigeria Politics Online, said, the literary world will surely miss the cultural activist whose steadfastness and dedication to the promotion of the native language as a means of sustaining the culture and tradition of Africans is worth emulating.
“The love of the departed academician for the Yoruba language was never in doubt as he exhibited this through all his published works and speeches even as a student and throughout his academic life.
“The President joins the entertainment industry in mourning the loss of a producer and director whose contributions to the evolution and transformation of the entertainment industry from a disparaged genre into a major contributor to the nation’s economy will never be forgotten,” the President was quoted as saying of Isola.
Others who have mourned Isola include Governor of Oyo, Senator Abiola Ajimobi and others.