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Adeola Faleye becomes Yeye Asa, Ila Orangun
MRS Adéòlá Fáléye Adijat is a dramatist, composer, dancer, chanter, polyglot and a lecturer in the Department of Linguistics and African Languages, Obáfémi Awólówò University, Ilé-Ifè.
Mrs. Adéòlá Fáléye will be installed as Yeye Asa of Ila-Orangun by Oba Wahab Kayode Oyedotun, bibire I, the Orangun of Ila.
Aya Fáléye, as she is popularly called, is an indigene of Ìlá-Òràngún on both sides and of the family of Awúgbò ancestry in Òkè Èdè (a.k.a. Omò Alárá). She was born on October 10, 1968 in Ilé-Ifè. She finished her elementary education at St. Peter’s Anglican School, Ìrémò and attended Ifè Girls’ High School, Eléyelé, Ilé-Ifè, Nigeria from 1982 to 1987 for her secondary education. She further went to Obáfémi Awólówò University, Ilé-Ifè where she bagged a B.A. Degree Yorùbá with First Class Hons. in 1997. She proceeded to the premier University in Nigeria, University of Ibadan, for her M.A. (Yorùbá Literature) in 2005 and she is currently on her PhD from the same university.
As a graduating student in B.A. Degree in Yorùbá in 1997, Adéòlá Adijat obtained the following awards:
• Faculty of Arts Prize-For the student with the best results in the Faculty- 1997/1998.
• Prof. Wándé Abímbòlá’s Prize – For the student with the best overall performance in B.A. Yorùbá Degree Examination –1997/1998.
• Chief Isaac O. Délànò’s Prize – For the student with the best overall performance in Yorùbá Language –1997/1998.
• Chief J. F. Odúnjò’s Prize – For the student with the best result in Literature in Yorùbá – 1997/1998.
Other Academic and International Awards includes:
• Emerging African Scholar Travel Grant Award winner of African Literature Association Annual Conference- 2008.
• African Humanities Programme/American Council of Learnered Societies Fellow 2011/2012.
Her training and certification as a journalist with specialisation in broadcasting and news reporting in 1993, Certificate in Yorùbá Oral Literature with distinctions in 1992 from OAU, Ifè and Certificate in Dramatic Arts – (Radio, Television and Film Technology Productions) in1991, OAU Ifè, prepared her for her exceptional exploits in the world of theatre, public relations and chanting of various Yorùbá oral genres such as Ìjálá, Èsà-egúngún, Ekún-ìyàwó, Rárà, Àdàmò and other Yorùbá oral genres.
In one of the reviews on her stage performances for the celebration of Professor Wole Soyinka in 1994, The Guardian described her as one of best actresses of “the Stars of Ikú…” that perfectly played and interpreted the role of ‘Ìyálóòjà’ in Ikú Olókùn Esin, a play translated by Professor Akínwùmí Ìsòlá. Also, following from her exploits in 2009, She is Olorì Lápé in Agogo-Èèwò of the Mainframe Productions and others. In the review of The Punch Newspapers by Akeem Lasisi she is referred to as the “Alaga Ìdúró of Nigerian Universities” projecting into the very numerous and multi-talented nature and skills of management events by Aya Fáléye.
In addition to her role as an oral performer, a dramatist and a composer of Yorùbá oral genres, Aya Fáléye has to her credit the following professional accomplishments:
• Adélá has actively participated in over 52 national and international stage productions and has starred in 15 traditional, modern home-video and celluloid works to date. Some of these productions were written and directed by doyens like Prof. Akínwùmí Ìsòlá, Late Prof. Olá Rótimi, Prof. Femi Òsófisan, Dr. Ahmed Yerima of the National Troupe, Dr. Kólá Oyèwò, Messr. Túndé Kèlání of the Mainframe Production outfit, Remdel Optimum Productions, Dr. Bayo Afolabi of Dramatic Arts Department in OAU to mention just a few.
• She has seven waxed CD albums: Tótó Oba (2008), Igbá Opé (2009), Ariwo Ayò (2010), E Máa tú Yagba (2010), Òre Olore Odùduwà (2011), Jé Ká Gbáyé Pé (2011) and Ìbàdàn Omò Ajòrosùn (2012).
Prior to being employed as a university lecturer, Adéòlá Fáléye was a Senior Editor (Yorùbá) University Press Plc, Jericho, Ìbàdàn, Nigeria (2000 to 2003), her NYSC was at the National Institute for Nigerian Languages (NINLAN), Aba, Abia State, Nigeria, 1998.
This budding scholar is widely travelled. She has attended and presented academic papers at many national and international conferences such as United States of America, Brazil, Ghana, Benin Republic, etc. She has co-published and co-edited academic bilingual books, translated and published works in English and Yorùbá languages, and she has written some recommended texts of WAEC and NECO creative writings. Some of her publications include:
• Ìwé Kíkà Àsìko (Third Edition of the JSA. Odùjìnrìn. Books 1 to 6 published by Spectrum Books Limited. Ìbàdàn: (Nigeria) in Association with Safari Books (Export) Limited: (United Kingdom)
• Kíké Olóbùró – Kólá Òní (ed). Sumob Publishers Ltd, Òsògbo, Òsun State (Nigeria).
Apart from being a native of Ìlá-Òràngún and a fluent speaker of Yorùbá language, she also speaks English language fluently. She is one of the multi-talented creatures who can code-switch easily from different dialects of the Yoruba-African language.
Mrs. Adéolá A. Fáléye (a.k.a. Aya Fáléye) is married to Dr. Fáléye Oládùnjoyè, a native of Òwò and the marriage is blessed with children.