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Ayo Akinwale, actor and Nollywood academic, dies at 74

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Professor Ayo Akinwale, a prominent Nollywood actor and professor in the Department of Performing Arts at the University of Ilorin, has died at the age of 74.

Kunle Akogun, Director of Corporate Affairs at the University of Ilorin, who confirmed the death to the Nigerian News Agency (NAN), said he died on September 13.

Akinwale began his acting career in the 1970s by participating in television and theater productions.

He won the Best Indigenous Actor award at the 4th African Film Academy Awards.

Born in Ibadan, he attended Methodist High School and the University of Ibadan before beginning his academic work as a teacher at the Ibadan Polytechnic.

He was Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Culture of the University of Ilorin and also President of the State Council of Art and Culture of Oyo.

Akinwale also starred in various cultural festivals in Nigeria, a versatile theater producer, scholar, and writer.

Produced a “Sango” in 1997, Ladepo Omo Adanwo in 2005 and Go Ajein 2007.

He was the chairman of the board of directors of UnilorinFM. (YAYA)

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