If the renowned playwright, Ola Rotimi is alive, he would be celebrating his 84th birthday today.
As a mark of respect, Google honoured this great man with a doodle on its home page today.
His Early Years
Emmanuel Gladstone Olawale Rotimi was born on 13th April 1938.
His father was a Yoruba man named Samuel Enitan while his mother was an Ijaw woman named Dorcas Oruene.
He had his schooling in Port Harcourt and Lagos, before proceeding to Boston University in the United States in 1959.
He bagged a Bachelor of Arts degree in fine arts in 1963 from Boston University.
Also, he got his Masters of Arts in 1966 from Yale School of Drama.
His area of concentration for his second degree was playwrighting.
He was fondly referred to as ‘a complete man of the theatre’ due to his versatility.
He was a director, actor, designer, and choreographer, among others.
In 1965, he married Hazel Mae Guadreau, a fellow Boston student, a year before he concluded his master’s program.
Ola Rotimi returned to Nigeria in the 1960s and was a lecturer at the University of Ife (now Obafemi Awolowo University).
Due to the political turmoil in Nigeria, he returned to the Caribbean and the United States in the 1990s.
He was a teacher at the Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota.
Ola Rotimi finally came back to Nigeria in 2000 to resume his lecturing job at Obafemi Awolowo University.
His wife died in May 2000, and three months after, on 18th August 2000, Ola kicked the bucket at the age of 62.
Ola’s most famous work is ‘The Gods Are Not To Blame’.
His other plays are; ‘Our Husband Has Gone Mad Again’, ‘Stir the God of Iron’, and ‘Grip Am’.
Others are ‘Kurunmi’, ‘Invitation into Madness’, ‘Ovonramwen Nogbaisi’ and so on.