Professor Ayo Akinwale, a prominent senior lecturer in the Department of Performing Arts, University of Ilorin, is dead.
His death was confirmed in a statement by Prof. Abdulrasheed Adeoye, Dean, Faculty of Arts, of the university.
âWith heavy heart and total submission to the will of the Almighty God, I announce the passing on to higher glory of Prof. Ayo Akinwale, of the Department of the Performing Arts, University of Ilorin. He died today, the 13th September 2020 at the Unilorin Teaching Hospital.
A versatile producer, academic, playwright and former broadcaster, late Akinwale was the producer of a popular movie, âSangoâ.
Akinwale was born to the royal household of Pa Akinwale in the ancient City of Ibadan and attended St. Lukes Demonstration School, Molete Ibadan, Oyo State, and then proceeded to Methodist High School also in Ibadan, where he was introduced to theater arts.
In 1966, he acted as âImodoyeâ in a movie titled âOgboju Ode ninu Igbo Irunmole,â produced by one of his teachers and then moved to Molusi College in Ijebu Igbo, where he obtained his Senior School Leaving Certificate.
He proceeded to the University of Ibadan before commencing academic work as a lecturer at the Polytechnic Ibadan. He became the Dean, Faculty of Arts and Culture of the University of Ilorin, and he was also the chairman of Oyo State Council for Arts and Culture.
Some of his publications include; âFrom Compound Space, to the Living Stageâ Nigerian Theatre Journal. Vol. 2, No. 1. (1998); âTheatre and Democracy in Nigeriaâ Nigerian Theatre Journal. Vol. 6, No. 1, âNigerian Playrightâ; Zulu Sofola (2005); âThe Nigerian Theatre and Economic Viability.â Arts Administration in Contemporary Nigeria; The Nigeria Broadcasterâ Media Nigeria; âThe Theatre and Nigeriaâs New Democratic Environment: A Sociological Overview,â and many more.
He won the Best Indigenous actor award at the 4th Africa Movie Academy Awards. He featured in quite a number of movies as an actor and producer; he has produced many home videos in Nigeria. He featured in movies such as; Sango, Ladepo Omo Adanwo, Clash of the Gods, Iranse Aje, Eti Keta among others.
Prof Akinwaleâs contribution to the theatre and movie industry in Nigeria gave him the leverage of being assigned South-West Zonal Co-ordinator for the Abuja Carnivals, and also a judge for the National Festival for Arts and Culture (NAFEST).
Actu monde – NG – Veteran Nollywood actor and lecturer, Prof. Ayo Akinwale is dead