President Buhari mourns death of Prof Akinwunmi Ishola
By Olabisi Olaleye
President Muhammadu Buhari mourns with the family, friends and government of Oyo State on the death of renowned author, playwright and literary icon, Professor Akinwumi Ishola Saturday morning.
In a statement by the Special Adviser to the President(Media and Publicity), Femi Adesina, President Buhari says 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.
President Buhari said that the love of the 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.
He calls on other academicians to follow the sterling qualities of the National Merit Award Winner and Fellow of the Nigerian Academy of Letters who was more focused on the development and transformation of minds as opposed to material gains.
The President prays that Almighty God will grant the soul of Professor Ishola eternal rest.
Recall that Ishola had been ill for over two years due to old age. One of his popular play: ‘Efunsetan Aniwura’, was written in 1961 as a student of the University of Ibadan.