Professor AKINWALE Ayobami Olubunmi was born to Late Chief and Mrs. Akinwale on 30th April, 1951.
He had his early education at St. Luke Demonstration School, Ibadan 1957-1962, Methodist High School, Ibadan 1963-1968 and Molusi College, Ijebu Igbo 1969-1970. He attended University of Ibadan for His Diploma in Theatre Arts, B.A. Theatre Arts, M.A. Theatre Arts and Ph.D. Theatre Arts 1978-1997.
Akinwale was a Presenter, Newscaster in Radio Nigeria, Broadcasting Corporation of Oyo State (BCOS) Radio and Television as well as Nigerian Actor, Movie Producer and Director.
He began his acting career in the 1970s, featuring in television and drama productions. He was a winner of the Best Indigenous actor award at the 4th Africa Movie Academy Awards. He featured in many stage plays and Movies amongst which are: Sango, Oladepo Omo Adanwo, Tightrope, Irinse Aje, and Flash in the Sun to mention just a few.
He was Head Department of the Performing Arts, Dean Faculty of Arts, and Chairman Unilorin FM Radio. He had to his credit Publications in Local, National and International Journals, Chapters in Books, Encyclopedia as well as creative writings, Technical Reports and Edited works.
Akinwale, an accomplished Theatre Sociologist was a Member of Many Associations, and a key member of Society of Nigeria Theatre Artist (SONTA), where he rose to become the President of the Association and a Trustee before his demise on 13th September, 2020.
He was married and God blessed him with Children and Grandchildren.
As SONTA reels from this blow of his passing, I encourage us all to remember him and those he left behind in our prayers. Burial arrangements will be communicated in due course.
Adieu, Prof Ayo Akinwale!
Adieu, Theatre Sociologist!!
Prof Alex Chinwuba Asigbo, FSONTA