Tunde Kelani pays tribute as Sophie Oluwole is buried

Tunde Kelani

Legendary cinematographer, Tunde Kelani, has remembered foremost Yoruba philosopher, Sophie Oluwole, as she is buried on Friday.

The 71-year-old filmmaker talked about her in an Instagram post.

“Vintage Mama Sohie Abọ́sẹ̀dé Olúwọlé as she is laid to rest today,” he wrote in parts.

In December, Qed.ng broke the news that Professor Sophie Oluwole had died at the age of 83.

Dean of the Faculty of Art, University of Lagos (UNILAG) Prof Muyiwa Falaiye confirmed to the online newspaper that she passed on after a protracted illness.

Popularly known as Mamalawo, Oluwole was the first Nigerian female doctorate degree holder in philosophy and a practitioner of Yoruba philosophy.

Born in Igbara-oke, Ondo State in 1936, she studied history, geography and philosophy at UNILAG and eventually settled on philosophy.

Following her first degree, she was employed in UNILAG for a time as an assistant lecturer in 1972, and went on to complete her PhD in philosophy at the University of Ibadan.

She taught African Philosophy at UNILAG for six years between 2002 and 2008.