Kole Omotoso’s real name is Bankole Ajibabi Omotoso. He is a renowned and intellectual Nigerian writer. His writing is recognized for its commitment to incorporating regard for human dignity and a socio-political revaluation of Africa into the majority of his works.
Kole Omotoso Biography
April 21, 1943
Ondo State, Nigeria
Lecturer | Writer
Early Life & Education
Kole Omotoso was born on the 21st of April, 1943, in Akure, Ondo State, which falls in the Southwestern region of Nigeria. During his early life, he lost his father and lived with his mother and grandparents. For his secondary education, he attended King’s College in Lagos and graduated in 1963. He later went further to the University of Ibadan(UI), where he earned his B.Sc certificate in 1968. Kole Omotoso received his doctoral degree from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland, in 1972. He wrote a doctoral thesis on the modern Arabic writer Ahmad Ba Kathir.
Kole Omotoso started his career as a lecturer at the University of Ibadan shortly after he bagged his Ph.D. certificate. He worked in the department of Arabic and Islamic Studies between 1972 and 1976. In 1976, he went to take up a position at the drama school at the then University of Ife, which is now recognized as Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), till 1988. In 1991, Kole Omotoso became a professor of English language at the University of the Western Cape, Bellville, South Africa, where he lectured till the year 2000. Later in 2001, he moved to the drama department at the University of Stellenbosch, Matieland, and lectured there till 2003.
In addition, he contributes to a variety of African media, most notably the “Trouble Travels” in the Sunday Guardian of Nigeria. He served as a patron of the Etisalat Prize for Literature from 2013 to 2016. He portrayed the “Yebo Gogo man” in several TV adverts for Vodacom mobile phones between the mid-1990s and the 2010s.
Kole Omotosho is happily married and has three children. Two of his children, Akin Omotoso and Yewande Omotosho, are also renowned writers and filmmakers.
- 1988 Just Before Dawn
- 1982 Memories of Our Recent Boom
- 1978 To Borrow a Wandering Leaf
- 1976 The Scales
- 1974 Sacrifice
- 1974 Fela’s Choice
- 1973 Miracles
- 1972 The Combat
- 1971 The Edifice
- 1977 Shadows in the Horizon
- 1976 The Curse
- 1997 Woza Africa
- 1995 Achebe or Soyinka? A Study in Contrasts
- 1994 Season of Migration to the South: Africa’s crises reconsidered
- 1982 The Theatrical Into Theatre: a study of the drama and theatre of the English-speaking Caribbean
- 1979 The Form of the African Novel
According to different analyses of Kole Omtosho’s net worth, and considering his past career experiences, he has an estimated net worth of $3 million.