Sunday, December 29, 2013
Nobel Laureate Soyinka’s Daughter Dies
Ms. Soyinka, who was born June 6, 1965, died at the University of
Ibadan Teaching Hospital where she was being treated for an
The death was disclosed in a statement signed by Jahman Anikulapo, an
aide to Mr. Soyinka, one of the world's foremost dramatists and winner
of the 1986 Nobel Prize in literature. The statement noted that the
late Iyetade Soyinka was a student at the Staff School and Queens
School, Ibadan before she studied Medicine at the University of
Mr. Anikulapo's statement 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
The statement, which was issued on behalf of the deceased's family,
revealed that Ms. Soyinka "took ill quite suddenly and passed away
while being treated at UCH, Ibadan.
"Iyetade leaves behind two children, both parents, numerous siblings,
nieces and nephews."
No funeral arrangements were announced in the statement.