Ola Rotimi, born on April 13, 1938, was a prominent Nigerian playwright and theatre director who made significant contributions to the country’s dramatic arts scene. Recognized as a multi-talented artist, Rotimi’s expertise encompassed acting, directing, choreography, and set design.
He was known for creating unique performance spaces inspired by traditional architectural forms, showcasing his deep connection to Nigeria’s history and cultural traditions.
Early Life and Education:
Ola Rotimi was born in Sapele, Nigeria, to Samuel Gladstone Enitan Rotimi, a Yoruba steam-launch engineer and director-producer of amateur theatricals, and Dorcas Adolae Oruene Addo, an Ijaw drama enthusiast. He attended St. Cyprian’s School in Port Harcourt from 1945 to 1949, followed by St. Jude’s School in Lagos from 1951 to 1952. He later studied at the Methodist Boys High School in Lagos. In 1959, Rotimi moved to the United States to pursue a degree in Fine Arts at Boston University, where he obtained a BA.