President Muhammadu Buhari has condoled with the Akinwale family on the passing of Prof. Ayo Akinwale, a senior lecturer in the Department of Performing Arts, University of Ilorin.
In a condolence message by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina, the president joined the university community, numerous fans, students and former students in also mourning the Ibadan-born academician.
However, below are three things President Buhari said of Ayo Akinwale after his death:
1. He contributed to performing arts
President Buhari noted that the deceased made outstanding contributions to the development of the Performing Arts in Nigeria in a career spanning over four decades on stage, screen, lecture rooms and the airwaves.
2. He’s an inspiration
According to President Buhari, the scholarly works of the accomplished thespian, playwright and versatile producer, preserved on films and published books, will continue to inspire and delight audiences in years to come.
3. May Ayo Akinwale’s soul find peace
He prayed for the peaceful repose of the soul of the departed. In addition, he asked God to comfort all who mourned Akinwale.
CANDIIDONLINE reports that Ayo Akinwale was born in Ibadan and attended Methodist High School and the University of Ibadan before commencing academic work as a lecturer at the Polytechnic Ibadan.
He is the Dean, Faculty of Arts and Culture of University of Ilorin.
Ayo Akinwale is also the chairman of Oyo State Council for Arts and Culture.
Meanwhile, the actor has been a judge on several cultural festivals across Nigeria.
He began his acting career in the 1970s featuring in television and drama productions.
He won the Best Indigenous actor award at the 4th Africa Movie Academy Awards.