Newsbreak: Yoruba literary icon Prof Kole Omotoso is dead

By Samuel Ogunsona

One of the world’s most famous writer, Prof Kole Omotosho is dead

Irohinoodua was informed that Omotosho who lectured in South Africa a country where he became a household name in the literary world died on Wednesday.
Born on 21 April 1943
also known as he was one of Africa’s best writers.

“Our beloved father and husband moved on from this plane on Wednesday 19th late afternoon,” the family wrote in release made available to Irohinoodua

He was known for his works of fiction and in South Africa as the “Yebo Gogo man” in adverts for the telecommunications company Vodacom.

His written work is known for its dedication and commitment to fusing a socio-political reappraisal of Africa and respect for human dignity into most of his works.

Kole Omotoso was born into a Yoruba family in Akure, Ondo State, Nigeria.

He was raised by his mother and maternal grandparents after the death of his father.

Though the lack of a father figure could crush a young Nigerian boy, the events of his early childhood contributed a great deal to his development as a man and also as a writer.[3] Omotoso was educated at King’s College, Lagos, and the University of Ibadan and then undertook a doctoral thesis on the modern Arabic writer Ahmad Ba Kathir at the University of Edinburgh. With reports from Wikipedia

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