Soyinka Family Announces Burial Rites For Iyetade Soyinka

Soyinka Family Announces Burial Rites For Iyetade Soyinka

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 the University Teaching Hospital, Ibadan, after a brief illness.

A statement was released to day by the Soyinka family. According to the statement, Iyetade’s death had brought “great sadness and an overwhelming sense of loss” to the family. 

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 was also mentioned in the statement that a short service of songs would be held at 5 p.m. on Thursday 9.

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.”


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