Olatubosun Oladapo

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Olatubosun Oladapo, (also known as Tubosun Oladapo, or Odidere Aiyekooto – the loquacious parrot) b. September 1943, is a Yoruba language folk poet[1] playwright, music producer, radio personality/broadcaster, writer, and researcher from Nigeria whose audience resides chiefly in South-West Nigeria, and speak Yoruba.

Oladapo was educated in Ibadan and Lagos, and worked as a producer in the country's Western Nigeria Broadcasting Service until 1977, when he formed a record company, Olatubosun Records, to seek out, promote, and produce indigenous language artists and folk poets, famous of which are: Odolaye Aremu, Ogundare Foyanmu, Ayanyemi Ayinla, and Lakin Ladeebo.[citation needed]

He lives in Ibadan, and is the author of print collections of poetry, Aroye Akewi(1 and 2) and Arofo Awon Omode, and numerous Yoruba poetry (ewi) albums which typically feature Yoruba poetry recited over an orchestra of folk music. His back-up choir once included the famous "K-12 Voices" led by the now-deceased Diipo Sodiipo. Oladapo's plays Ogun Lakaaye and Egbade Falade, were joint prize winners of the Oxford University Press drama competition in 1970.[citation needed]

He is also a traditional chief in the city of Ibadan (in Oyo State) and Ire-Ekiti (in Ekiti State), Nigeria.


  1. ^ Washington, Teresa N. (2005). Our mothers, our powers, our texts: manifestations of Àjé in Africana literature. Indiana University Press. pp. 276–. ISBN 978-0-253-34545-5. Retrieved 29 April 2011.