Soyinka’s sister dies at 90, funeral rites begin Thursday

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Tinuola Aina, the older sister of Nobel Laureate Wole Soyinka, has died at the age of 90.

In a statement released on Tuesday, her family announced that she died on November 7, 2023.

The announcement indicated that a service of songs will kick off the funeral rites on Thursday, December 7 in Lagos.


The two-day rites are set to conclude on Friday, December 8, culminating in a private interment in Lagos.

She was born on April 29, 1933, and she was the first of seven children of a school teacher, Mr. Samuel Ayodele Soyinka, and trader-homemaker, Mrs. Grace Eniola Soyinka (neé Harrison) at Ake Vicarage, Abeokuta.