Folasayo Dele-Ogunrinde, Nigerian Artist, Dies of Stomach Cancer at 45

Folasayo Dele-Ogunrinde
By Ademola Bello

Folasayo Dele-Ogunrinde, award winning Nigerian writer, visual artist, performance poet, public speaker, filmmaker and actress is dead.

She passed away in her home in Houston, Texas on Saturday May 18 around 1:30 am after a courageous and protracted battle with stomach cancer. She was 45 years old. She received treatment for stomach cancer at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center.

Her brother Mr. Ayodele Ogunrinde confirmed her death saying she died surrounded by family members including her 74-year-old father who flew in from Nigeria.
Folasayo Dele-Ogunrinde was born March 2, 1968 in Lagos, Nigeria. She was the first child and an only daughter; she  is survived by four brothers and both parents.

Ms. Ogunrinde, was a consummate artist who has exhibited her work widely in the United States. She performed solo with a live band or recorded music blending vintage Afro-folksy and Afro-jazz music, contemporary jazz or instrumentals with her spoken word. After graduating with a degree in Animal Science from the University of Ibadan in the mid- 1980s, she gave up her career as a Scientist to pursue her innate interests in acting, modeling, writing and the visual arts. While studying at Ibadan, she was mesmerized by an undergraduate Theatre Arts students' production play she saw, and it influenced her to switched career and write her first play as well.

 She is the author of a 1989 British Council/Association of Nigerian Authors award winning to play “The Woman With a Past” ( Heinemann Books, Nigeria). She is also a recipient of the Christopher Okigbo Poetry Prize. Nevertheless, in the year 1995, Ms. Ogunrinde relocated to the United States where she pursued a Master’s degree in Animal Nutrition from the Iowa State University.

She has a patented innovative artistic mixed media style in the United States. She is the author of “Conversations With The Soul At 3.00AM” a collection of love poems and art photography.

 A performance poet, she had been captivating audiences with passionate rendition of this collection prior to publication. Her performance work balances indigenous musical and lyrical traditions from Africa with adapted influences from European, American and Asian sources, to reveal a hybrid expressive impulse that elaborates on issues of vulnerability and power. Folasayo Dele-Ogunrinde, was an engaging and provocative artist, she described herself as a divinely inspired artist. Her work also explored issues of domestic abuse, rape, and dominance-submission tensions in heterosexual relationships.

She impacted so many people’s lives positively. She was a very spiritual and devout Christian The family has assured that her works will continue to be preserved and celebrated throughout the world memorial service will be held for her in Corpus Christi Catholic church Houston, Texas on Saturday May 25, 2013, before she is  flown to Nigeria for the final burial.

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Rest in perfect peace,

Rest in perfect peace, Folasayo

@Anonymous 0038, There was no

@Anonymous 0038,

There was no need to get in the gutter and respond to frankwilliams atrocious comment.

All sane people who have seen that comment - know it is an abominable comment of wickedness. More importantly God in Heaven sees all. Leave it to God to handle. And leave frnakwilliams in the gutter by him/herself.

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May you never die well! For saying all this may the good lord punish you properly. May you frankwilliams and your children and children's children die of cancer. You will never be happy in your life. Whatever pain Folashayo went through may you go through worse for so many years. Such an idiot. Who on earth do u think u are? I bet its always been envy? Bloody twat!

An angel

The world is a poorer place for having lost one of it's most beautiful angels.I'm honoured to have had the privilege of speaking to her on many occasions. Our hearts go out to her friends and family at this sad time. Love to all. Joanne xx

@frankwilliams All I would

All I would have to say in response to your senseless comment is that you are very IGNORANT.
Your animosity over other issues has clouded your mind and sensitivity over the death of this young and talented lady. May her Gentle Soul Rest in Perfect Peace. Amen.

What A Talented Young Lady

May Her Soul Rest In Peace. Also, may God grant her survivors, especially her parents the fortitude to bear her loss, Amen.


she is survived by four brothers and both parents without her own kids at 45yrs nonsense, over read books don blindfold her useless soul.

If she die in Nigeria for just stomach cancer sahara reports would have shout to heaven saying no hospitals in Nigeria so we thank God she dies where people like idiotic sowore preferred




May her gentle soul rest in peace. amin!

She will remain indelible in

She will remain indelible in the consciousness of all who knew her, she was a rare gem! A gifted Artist/Poet as I remember her, she had that rarified instinct for futuristic creative collaboration between art, music and culture. An intricate balancing act she comfortably mixed in the shadows of poetry. She had talent ...natural talent. We go mis'am!

May God grant the entire Art Family strength to deal with her death ...and fortitude to her Family and loved ones ...ise !!

May Her Soul Rest in Peace ...ise! (Amioo!)

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