Famous Nigerian Author, Academic, Prof. Kole Omotosho, Passes On At 80

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One of Nigeria’s famous writer and university teacher, Prof. Bankole Ajibade Omotosho, popularly known as Kole Omotosho is dead.

Prof. Omotosho died on Wednesday 19 July, 2023 in Cape Town, South Africa.

 He was aged 80.

Prof. Omotosho’s passage was announced via a family statement, which reads: “Our beloved father and husband moved on from this plane on Wednesday 19th late afternoon. We are sharing this with his close and much-loved community and will share more as we gather ourselves.”

Born on April 21, 1943, Prof. Omotosho was from Akure, Ondo State of Nigeria.

He had his secondary school education at King’s College, Lagos, and later proceeded to the University of Ibadan. Prof. Omotosho researched his doctoral thesis on the modern Arabic writer Ahmad Ba Kathir at the University of Edinburgh.

Many readers would readily associate him with his civil war-based novel, Just Before Dawn.

Some of his other works include: The Edifice (1971); The Combat (1972); Miracles (short stories) (1973); Fela’s Choice (1974); Sacrifice (1974, 1978); The Scales (1976);  To Borrow a Wandering Leaf (1978); and Memories of Our Recent Boom (1982), Achebe or Soyinka? A Study in Contrasts (1995) and Woza Africa (1997).

A long resident of the “Rainbow Nation”, Prof. Omotosho also appeared on the South African screen as an actor in some television dramas as well as in television commercials.

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