President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday extended heartfelt condolences to the Akinwale family on the passing of Professor Ayo Akinwale.
Before his death, Akinwale was Dean Faculty of Arts and Culture and a Professor in the Department of Performing Arts, University of Ilorin.
Prof Ayo Akinwale died at the University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital on Sunday evening at the age of 69 and not 74 as several media organizations including Patmos Media Line reported.
Buhari joined the university community, numerous fans, students and former students in mourning the Ibadan-born academician.
He made outstanding contributions to the development of the Performing Arts in Nigeria in a career spanning over four decades on stage, screen, lecture rooms and the airwaves.
The President noted that the scholarly works of the accomplished thespian, playwright and versatile producer, preserved on films and published books, will continue to inspire and delight audiences in years to come.
He prays for the peaceful repose of the soul of the departed, and comfort for all who mourn.