Biography of Isola AKINWUNMINigeria > Literature : Isola AKINWUNMI
Akinwunmi Isola (b. Ibadan) is a Nigerian playwright, actor, dramatist, culture activist and scholar. He is known for his writing in, and his work in promoting, the Yoruba language. He is a retired professor of Yoruba literature at Obafemi Awolowo University.He is a fellow of the Nigerian Academy of Letters and has received the Nigerian National Order of Merit.He is the author of five plays and three novels, including Madame Tinubu, and translator of Wole Soyinka's Death and the King's Horseman and Aké: The Years of Childhood into Yoruba.He has also directed the production of many plays and films
Isola wrote his first play, Efunsetan Aniwura, during 1961 and 1962 whilst still a student at the University of Ibadan. This was followed by the novel O Leku. His play proved popular, and one performance in Ibadan was watched by forty thousand people.
Since then, he has written a number of plays and novels. He also broke into broadcasting, creating a production company that has turned a number of his plays into television dramas and films. Though he claims that 'my target audience are Yorubas', Isola has also written in English
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