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Wole Soyinka’s Younger Brother, Prof Femi Soyinka, Passes Away At 85

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A brother to Wole Soyinka, Nigerian Nobel laureate, Professor Femi Soyinka, is dead.

Soyinka, a former Provost of the College of Health Sciences of Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, died on Tuesday, June 14, 2022, at age 85.

In a statement by his family, signed by his son, Ayodele, Soyinka died at his home in Kukumada Village, Ibadan, Oyo State.

Femi Soyinka

The statement read in part, “The Soyinka Family of Ake/Isara, Ogun State, has announced the passing of their father, grandfather, great grandfather, brother, uncle Professor Femi Soyinka, which occurred in the early hours of Tuesday, 14 June 2022 at his home in Kukumada Village, Ibadan, Oyo State.

“Born in 1937, Professor Femi Soyinka received a Medical degree in Medicine and Surgery, MBchB from the University of Heidelberg, 1964; and Doctor of Medicine (MD) degree from the same University in 1965. He specialised and practised as a Dermatologist, Venereologist, and Allergologist at the University of Giessen, in 1969.

“In 1972, he obtained a Master of Public Health degree from Hadassah Medical School, (MPH) Israel.”

“Burial arrangements would be announced by the family later.”

Soyinka is survived by his wife, children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.

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