Soyinka Family Announces Burial Rites For Iyetade Soyinka

Iyetade Soyinka at a very young age
By SaharaReporters, New York

Iyetade Verity Soyinka, a daughter of Nobel laureate Wole Soyinka and Mrs. Olayide Soyinka, will be buried on Friday, January 10 in Ibadan, capital of Oyo State.

The late Ms. Soyinka died on December 28, 2013 at theUniversity Teaching Hospital, Ibadan, after a brief illness. She was born on June 5, 1965.
In a statement released today, the Soyinka family stated that Iyetade’s death had brought “great sadness and an overwhelming sense of loss,” describing the deceased as their cherished daughter.
The funeral statement disclosed that Ms. Soyinka is survived by two children, a daughter, Oreofe, and a son, Adeoto.
The late Iyetade “will be laid to rest on Friday January 10 in Ibadan, after the funeral service at the Chapel of Resurrection, University of Ibadan at 11a.m.,” the family’s statement revealed. It added, “A short service of songs will be held at 5 p.m. on Thursday 9 January.”
Ms. Iyetade Soyinka had her early education at the Staff School of the University of Ibadan and Queens School, Ibadan. She started her higher education at the University of Ibadan where she focused on science courses, but moved to England where, according to the family’s announcement, she “chose to leave the sciences altogether and explore the world of theater arts, culture and writing.”
On her return to Nigeria, she set up base in Ibadan where she raised her two children. She also began a vocation as “a poet and performing artiste who embraced the interior shores of life with an unusual depth of perception, courage and understanding.” The funeral statement revealed that the deceased’s volume of poetry, Stars, Fill My Skies, was scheduled for release at the end of 2013.
The Soyinka family stated that Ms. Iyetade Soyinka was a fervent Christian who “cared deeply and generously for those shunned by society,” “scorned the vain,” “discarded hypocrisies, rejected the limelight and sought to live a life of depth and truth.” The statement described her as one who “fought fiercely for those she loved and she touched our lives with her heart, her incredibly creative mind, her dreams and her wit.”  
Apart from her daughter and son, Ms. Soyinka is survived by her father, Wole Soyinka, winner of the 1986 Nobel Prize in literature, her mother, Olayide Soyinka, a former university librarian at Ogun State University, her sisters and brothers—Olaokun, Moremi, Peyibomi, Ilemakin, Morenike, Amani, Tunlewa, Bojode and Eniara—as well as numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.
The family has set up a memorial website for Iyetade where funeral updates will be posted. Sympathizers may visit the website, which is, to register their condolences.


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...very funny thing. THE STINKING REFUSE is excoriating SR for allowing 'idiots' to pollute their website; and in the same vein, the same STINKING REFUSE is polluting the same website with his own STINKING REFUSE by calling other 'stinking refuse' names. you HYPOCRITICAL STINKING REFUSE! remove the log from your eyes before talking about the speck in your neighbors eyes. to every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction...remember??

in your comments, you have displayed a very critical trait of a dictator and ethnic champion. you want to shut up those who do not share your views. SR is a Nigerian media house not YORUBA and so you ethnic champions can GO DIRECTLY TO HELL and please DO NOT LOOK BACK. you will not be missed. your staying away has not stopped SR commenters. why did you come back to post your rubbish??? until you idiots post in sanity devoid of all the name calling and hatred, THE SHOW MUST GO ON!!!!!!!!!

@SR will lose credibility as a dump for every stinking refuse

My dear Anonymous, aka Oluwole Lagbaja, any sane mind should welcome criticisms even from the insane mind because it is differentiation from the insane that creates the sane. Sahara Reporters acknowledges this, but not u.

The world wouldn't be normal if everything is normal. To dissent is normal. What is abnormal is the belief that everyone MUST conform to your pedestrian opinion, just like Fanimimon, that your Republic has any lead over other Republics in continent Nigeria, as so, you guys go to extremes to malign other Republics without exuding the same vigour in castigating pple frm your Republic...and so you pple tell tell us to ignore a devil & focus on the message.

No idiot insults a nation by calling the entire habitation a 'swamp' and expects no reaction...Like Saro Wiwa told us, 'to be silent in the face of injustice will amount to treason'. Long live the SS/Niger Delta Republic

SR will lose credibility as a dump for every stinking refuse

For as long as SR tolerates some idiots to use different monikers to pollute this website, some of us will keep away until sanity prevails. It is so easy for example to guess that t ground he same person posts comments as Deri, Oleku, Jeffia, anonymous jjc and probably Akpos 1.

Let these few bigots from Niger Delta and SE on SR continue to sow seeds of discord and hatred along with their abuse of Yorubas especially in their so called defence of GEJ. You will reap what you sow come 2015.


You Niger delta people are arrogant insignificant pests who never exudes anything sensible, same trait carried to state house thereby the sorry state of the country, most unfortunate, given space and time to prove yourselves realy wortthless ans such exhibited
Where were you personaly asked to join in the sympathy for the Soyinka family, medling idiot, lesser than a faggot

Iyetade`s death

Some people are just animals in human flesh

foolish comment

shame on u too......

see how stupid and foolish you av shown urself to be

wetin concern u? then why did u post a comment if it doesnt concern you? u shldnt have read the news in the first instance.

See how sick and stupid you are.. ethnic bigot!!! Big shame on U. so u think this same calamity cant befall your family soon?

My advice to u is not too continue in this way.....this is a new year.... there is still room for change b4 it's too late....

Im ashamed of u so much.....


"Through her encounter with her Lord Jesus Christ while in high school, she opened the gates for others in the family." As Yoruba saying, "igi toto kipe nigbo" May your soul rest in peace Iyetade with our Lord Jesus Christ.

May Iyetade Rest In Peace

I know that she is now resting in the serene of the Lord. May her soul rest in perfect peace!

You too will die one day.

It is not out of order to mourn and commiserate with her family. She doesn't have to be from the Niger, Delta or gongola mountains. It is called sympathy and empathy the stuff that sets us aside from animals. Unless you have lost sense of this.

...and so What? Wetin concern us?

...will she be buried in the swamp? Nonsense!

Long live the 'swampy' but rich Niger Delta Republic


HOW MANY CONDOLENCES FOR THE JUJUMAN, E NEVER DO???do we also have to suffer for the death of his daughter? NIGERIANS DIE EVERYDAY AND NOBODY HEARS ABOUT THEM. we no go swallow spit again?. GET OVER IT.. for all we know, she was given to "molech". NONSENCE!

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