Professor Francis Abiola Irele, a foremost Nigerian literary critic, is dead. He passed on yesterday at a United States hospital at the age of 81.
Born in 1936, Irele taught at the University of Ibadan, the Ohio State University, Harvard and Kwara State University.
Pained by his death, Professor Tejumola Olaniyan of the University of Wisconsin-Madison said that Irele “was an accomplished scholar. For me in particular, his biggest accomplishment was a careful cultivation of junior scholars, he respected them, he would reach out to them. He challenged them because he took them seriously. He was welcoming, very open to juniors in the field. As an institutional builder in the field, he edited journals and anthologies.” Read more