Emmanuel Gladstone Olawale Rotimi aka Ola Rotimi like Wole Soyinka is one of Nigeria’s foremost playwrights and storytellers. Although he died on 18 August 2000, his works are still relevant and acknowledged.

As such, it is in recognition of his outstanding works that Google is celebrating Ola Rotimi whom it describes as the father of Nollywood and one of Nigeria’s foremost dramatists.

Spotlighting the renowned director, actor, choreographer and designer, who used his art to reflect on Nigeria’s rich culture, diversity, and local traditions, the tech giant wrote:

“Ola Rotimi was born in 1938 and grew up in a family of artists: His mother managed a traditional dance group and his father organized a community theater. His father also directed and produced a play where Rotimi would show up on stage for the first time at only four years old.

“His family’s passion for the arts, as well as his mixed parentage—an Ijaw mother and Yoruba father—greatly influenced his future work. He would later attend Boston University to study theatre and earned an M.F.A. degree at Yale University in playwriting and dramatic literature. 

“Throughout Rotimi’s career, he wrote and directed dozens of plays and short stories that poignantly examined Nigeria’s ethnic traditions and history. He was known to have a larger-than-life vision and embraced dance, music, and even mime within his productions.

“Rotimi’s plays pulled back the curtain to unveil traditional Nigerian rituals, songs, and dances to audiences all over the world. Some of his most celebrated and award-winning works include The Gods Are Not to Blame, Our Husband Has Gone Mad Again, and Kurunmi.


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