Prof. Osofisan B.A.



Mobile Phone: +234(0)8033048383

E-mail:            [email protected]

Qualification: B.A. Hons (French) Ibadan. 1969

                         Ph.D, Ibadan. 1974.

Designation:    Professor.


                  1983: 1st ANA (Association of Nigerian Authors’) Prize for Literature

1988: ANA Poetry Prize for Minted Coins.

1991: Grand Patron, Ghana Association of Writers (GAW).

1993: ANA Drama Prize for Yungba Yungba and the Dance Contest.

1999: Officier de l’Ordre Nationale de Mérite, Rép. de France.

2001: Distinguished Alumnus Award, Faculty of Arts, Univ. of Ibadan.

2003: Lee G. Hall Distinguished Playwright-in-Residence, DePauw Univ., Indiana, USA.

2004: Nigerian National Order of Merit in the Humanities (NNOM)

2006: Fonlon-Nichols Prize.

2006: Fellow, Nigerian Academy of the Arts (FNAL)

Publications (Selections):


1980. Once Upon Four Robbers. Ibadan: BIO Educational Publications.

1983. Morountodun and Other Plays. Lagos: Longman Publishers.

2003: ajor Plays 2. Ibadan: Opon Ifa Readers.


1988: Minted Coins. Ibadan: Heinemann Books Ltd.

1993: Dreamseeker on Divining Chain. Ibadan: Kraft Books.


2001: The Nostalgic Drum: Essays on Literature, Drama and Culture. New Jersey: Africa World Press. 359pp.

2001: Insidious Treasons: Drama in a Postcolonial State. Ibadan: Opon Ifa Readers. 256pp.

2001: Literature and the Pressures of Freedom. Ibadan: opon ifa readers.READ ABSTRACT

Current Research:

Currently engaged on a number of projects, including:

The preparation of  a Wole Soyinka Encyclopaedia, as a first stage in the preparation of a Dictionary of African Literature; (ii) A book on UI alumni who have vecome prominent writera; and (iii) A new poetry collection and a series of new plays.

Summary of Contribution:

My primary contribution has been mainly in the area of playwriting. Over the years, with more than fifty plays written and directed on stage and television, over two dozens of which have been published, I have risen to become one of the major dramatists on the continent. A number of books, articles and theses have been written on my work, emphasizing my belief in making literature not just a means of entertainment, but also, and more crucially, a weapon of public enlightenment and socio-political transformation.

I have also published five volumes of poetry and books of prose fiction (under the pen name of Okinba Launko) which have won national and international prizes; as well as three volumes of critical essays.

As an advocate of the need to popularize literature and expand literacy, I have been very active in journalism, and have written, and continue to write columns for various national newspapers and magazines.