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Soyinka’s Daughter, Iyetade For Burial Friday

The burial rites of late Iyetade Verity, daughter of Nobel Laurate, Prof. Wole Soyinka have been scheduled to take place this Friday.

Iyetade, 48, died at the University Teaching Hospital, Ibadan after a brief illness on Saturday December 28, 2013.

A statement issued by the Soyinka family on Sunday noted that on Friday, January 8, the Late Iyetade would be buried after a funeral service at the Chapel of Resurrection, University of Ibadan at 11am.

The statement also noted that a short service of songs would be held at 5pm on Thursday, January 9.

The statement made available to LEADERSHIP reads in part: “It is with great sadness and an overwhelming sense of loss that the family of Professor Wole Soyinka and Chief Mrs Olayide Soyinka, announces the burial rites of their cherished daughter, Iyetade Verity Soyinnka, beloved mother of Oreofe and Adeoto.

“Iyetade was born on June 6, 1965 in Ibadan, Oyo State and attended the Staff School, U.I, and Queens School, Ibadan. She commenced her studies at the University of Ibadan, but eventually moved to England where she chose to leave the sciences altogether and explored the world of Theatre Arts, Culture and Writing.

“Following her return to Nigeria, she spent the last decade in Ibadan, raising her two lovely children. Yetade was a poet and performing artiste who embraced the interior shores of life with an unusual depth of perception, courage and understanding.  Her volume of poetry, “Stars, Fill My Skies” was scheduled for release at the end of 2013.”

Iyetade Soyinka is survived by her daughter, Oreofe, and son, Adeoto; her father, Professor Wole Soyinka and her mother, Chief Mrs. Olayide Soyinka, (Iyalode of Omu-Ijebu and former University Librarian of the Ogun State University); her sisters and brothers: Olaokun, Moremi, Peyibomi, Ilemakin, Morenike, Amani, Tunlewa, Bojode and Eniara; and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.

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