- Kole Omotoso is one of many Nigerians in South Africa making waves in the academia and the literary society
- Omotoso has written many works of fiction, one of which was the reason why he had to leave Nigeria in 1988
- Some of his works have covered various issues that are centered on various socio-political concerns
Kole Omotoso is one of numerous Nigerians making waves with in South Africa. He is a novelist, playwright, and a popular critic.
He is a Nigerian writer who is best known for his works of fiction and popularly known as Yebo Gogo man in adverts in South Africa.
Omotoso’s works employs socio-political issues and with the use of other relevant concerns in his works.
He was born in Akure, Ondo state, on April 21, 1943 and was raised by his mother and maternal grandparents. In the 1970s, he was a much sought-after writer as he wrote for many magazines.
Controversy trailed his 1988 historical novel about Nigeria, Just Before Dawn, and that led him to leave the country.
Between 1991 and 2000, he was a professor of English at the University of the Western Cape in South Africa, and became the professor of drama department at Stellenbosch University.
The academic contributes greatly to a number of African newspaper, and well known for Trouble Travels, a column in the Nigeria’s Guardian.
He got a very significant post in the literary community from 2013 to 2016 as the patron of the Etisalat Prize for Literature.
Some of his other fiction works are The Edifice, The Combat, Fela’s Choice Sacrifice, To Borrow a Wandering Leaf, Just Before Dawn.
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Meanwhile, Legit.ng earlier reported about one Linus Opara who is a Nigerian professor to be reckoned with in South Africa with the department of horticultural science at Stellenbosch University.
The Nigerian academic is also the South African Research chair in Postharvest technology. It should be noted that he got the 2016 African Union Kwame Nkrumah Continental Scientific Award.
He has also been elected as the president of the International Commission of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering.
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