Bayo Adebowale

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Bayo Adebowale
Born(1944-06-06)6 June 1944
Adeyipo village, Ibadan, Oyo State, Nigeria
  • poet
  • novelist
  • critics
  • author
Years active1961 - present
Known forThe Virgin

Bayo Adebowale (born 6 June1944) is a Nigerian poet, prolific writer, novelist, professor, critic, librarian and founder of the African Heritage Library and Cultural Centre, Adeyipo, Ibadan Oyo State[1][2][3]

Early life[edit]

He was born on 6 June 1944 in Ibadan, the capital of Oyo State, southwestern Nigeria into the family of Akangbe Adebowale, who was a farmer.[4] He was educated at Secondary Modern School at Ibadan, where he obtained the West African School Certificate in 1958 before he proceeded to St Peter’s Teacher College where he received the Grade III certificate in education in 1961, the same year he was admitted into Baptist College in Ede for a Grade II Teacher certificate.[5] On October 1971, he proceeded to the University of Ibadan, where he obtained a Bachelor of Arts (B. A) degree in English Language in 1974 and completed the compulsory National Youth Service Corps in 1975, the same year he joined the services of the Western State Public Service Commission as education officer before he later became an English instructor at Government Trade Centre, Oyo State.[6] Three years later (1978), he obtained a master's degree in English language, the same year he joined the Oyo State College of Education as Lecturer I and was later transferred to the Polytechnic of Ibadan, where he rose to the position of Deputy Rector between 1999 and 2003 having obtained a doctorate degree (Ph. D) in Literature in English from the University of Ilorin in 1997.[7]


He had published hundreds of books, short stories and novels as a prolific writer. His debut novel, The Virgin, was adapted into two Nigerian films: The Narrow Path, a 2006 Nigerian film produced and directed by Tunde Kelani, which starred Sola Asedeko, and The White Handkerchief.[8][9] He authored Lonely Days, a book that focus on African culture.[10]

He had played a significant role in Black African Literature in English.[11] He also authored a novel titled Out of his Mind.[12] In 1972, his short story, titled The River Goddess bagged the Western State Festival of Arts Literary Competition and In 1992, his poem, titled Perdition bagged the Africa Prize in the Index on Censorship International Poetry Competition in London. His work had been used in research and teaching by several universities.[13]


  1. ^ "Artistic bells in a science world". The Punch - Nigeria's Most Widely Read Newspaper. Archived from the original on 2015-04-10.
  2. ^ "The man who grew larger than life". Archived from the original on 10 April 2015. Retrieved 4 April 2015.
  3. ^ Latestnigeriannews. "Research: Expert seeks improved govt funding". Latest Nigerian News.
  4. ^ "Welcome to Adeyipo Village - Nigeria Content Online".
  5. ^ Holger G. Ehling, Claus-Peter Holste-von Mutius, eds. (2001). No Condition Is Permanent: Nigerian Writing and the Struggle for Democracy. Rodopi. p. 189.
  6. ^ Adewale Oshodi. "'How SYNW is promoting unknown young writers in Nigeria'". Archived from the original on 2015-04-10.
  7. ^ "Bearing Witness".
  8. ^ "The Virgin".
  9. ^ David Kerr, Jane Plastow, eds. (2011). Media and Performance. Boydell & Brewer. p. 30.
  10. ^ Lonely Days. Spectrum Books. 2006.
  11. ^ "Black African Literature in English, 1997-1999".
  12. ^ "Nder. Alamu Has Gone Mad!": A Psychoanalytical Reading of Bayo Adebowale's Out Of His Mind. Online J Edu Res".
  13. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2015-04-10. Retrieved 2015-04-04.