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Wole Soyinka’s Daughter Dies at 48

By Ruth Bamidele, Lagos

A daughter of Nobel laureate Wole Soyinka, Iyetade Soyinka has died at 48.

She died of an undisclosed ailment at the University of Ibadan Teaching Hospital where she was being treated.

Wole Soyinka

Wole Soyinka

The death was disclosed in a statement signed by Jahman Anikulapo, an aide to Mr. Soyinka, and described the deceased as “affable, intelligent and sometimes capricious, adding that she struggled with her health in recent years. Despite her health woes, the late Iyetade Soyinka greeted every day with a smile and doted on her two children.”

The statement revealed that Ms. Soyinka “took ill quite suddenly and passed away while being treated at UCH, Ibadan.

Late Ms. Soyinka, was born June 6, 1965, she was a student at the Staff School and Queens School, Ibadan before she studied Medicine at the University of Ibadan.

“Iyetade is survived by two children, both parents, numerous siblings, nieces and nephews.”  The statement added.

Funeral arrangement is yet to be announced

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