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Daniel Orowole, later Olorunfemi Fagunwa, was born to a family of Christian pioneers in Okeigbo, in present day Ondo State, in , Aderinsoye Ologbenla, an Ooni elect who had reigned in Ile-Ife for eight years and continued in this capacity until his death in , was a scion of the Giesi ruling house, Ile-Ife. Okeigbo is a hilly and thickly forested environment. Daniel Olorunfemi Fagunwa, attended St. He then trained as a teacher of St. It was in Oyo that his writing skill blossomed, most especially in folk philosophy, which draws heavily on folk tale traditions, including supernatural elements,gnomes, witches, wizards and Yoruba hunters who were usually his heroes.

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Daniel Orowole, later Olorunfemi Fagunwa, was born to a family of Christian pioneers in Okeigbo, in present day Ondo State, in , Aderinsoye Ologbenla, an Ooni elect who had reigned in Ile-Ife for eight years and continued in this capacity until his death in , was a scion of the Giesi ruling house, Ile-Ife.

Okeigbo is a hilly and thickly forested environment. Daniel Olorunfemi Fagunwa, attended St. He then trained as a teacher of St. It was in Oyo that his writing skill blossomed, most especially in folk philosophy, which draws heavily on folk tale traditions, including supernatural elements,gnomes, witches, wizards and Yoruba hunters who were usually his heroes. Unfortunately, nobody could trace the manuscript, after his passage.

Writers are usually strange people. William Shakespeare married at the age of 18, to year-old Anne Hathaway.

Due to the haste in the marriage, the marriage ban was read once, instead of the usual three times, perhaps as part of episcopal conspiracy. He died within a month of signing his will, on the 3rd of May at the age of 52 years.

While William Shakespeare, as an English Poet, Playwright and Actor could be regarded as the greatest writer of English Literature, in the same way, Daniel Olorunfemi Fagunwa could also be accorded recognition, as the greatest writer of the Yoruba Language Literature. In the course of writing the book, Fagunwa like a mystic, had to look for a bush path. He left Oyo town and moved towards Ibadan road.

Somewhere along the road, he created a path, through a bush, to a very big tree, which was so huge, that one could not see sun-rays under the tree. He did not know, that opposite the bush path he created, there was a woman selling yam and other things in a kiosk. He did not know that the woman was suspecting that he was not a human being. He used to come out of the bush to buy yam and returned there. The bush path did not lead to anywhere. The woman then contacted some hunters and villagers to search the bush.

God saved him, the period they came was when he had gone to buy yam, otherwise they would have searched the place and could have killed him. He was returning to the bush after buying yam when those men stopped him. They asked him where he was going and where he came from, he said he told them story about himself. They asked him where he originated from, he told them that he was the Headmaster of St. After he had finished writing the book, the problem of printing and publishing then arose.

Being his first outing, he could not make headway, until someone told him to go to CMS in Lagos. CMS Bookshop was then into book selling and publishing.

When he was on holidays, he went to Lagos. The General Manager asked a Yoruba staff to study the book. CMS accepted the manuscript and Fagunwa was shocked when they asked him how much they should pay for it. He bought a brand new bicycle, gramo phone with some records, iron bed, mattress and so many other things. He was sufficiently buoyant enough from those 25 pounds, to hire a vehicle from Lagos, to bring him to Oyo with his treasured luggage. He used to get up in the night and drive out.

He went to cemeteries and other places, sat there and thought of what to write with an expectation, that perhaps a spirit would come up and say something to him.

He never went straight to his destination. If a rabbit ran across the road, he would ask the driver to stop, he would check where it passed and ask what it meant if a rabbit came from the left side of the road to the right side. He would query himself. If it was a bird, he would stop and if the bird flew or ran somehow, he would have something to put down. Fagunwa was always constantly researching and writing. He was always with a pen and paper in his car, while sitting comfortably at the back of his car while being driven.

When you read his book, you would think that the book was written by a demon. Unfortunately, Fagunwa died at the end of the second year and was succeeded by Aigboje Higo.

The driver took the car and left in advance to Kano from Ibadan. Fagunwa flew to Kano and met them. After meeting the Heinemann duo, of Alan Hill and Chris Ambrose, they discussed the growth of the Publishing House and how to source for good writers in Nigeria. Allan and Chris returned back to London and Fagunwa had to come back to Ibadan by road.

Fagunwa was stopping on his way back to Ibadan to visit schools, ministries of Education, until he got to Bida. It was late, so he slept in a hotel.

The following morning, he left because there was a river Wuya on the way, that had no bridge. There, they had to take a ferry, conveying people and vehicles across the river. He woke up early, because he thought he was going to queue at the river, but when he got to the bank of the river, they were disappointed, because there was no one there at all.

He told his driver, James, an Ibadan man, to wait, while he followed one path by the bank of the river. The driver shortly after Fagunwa left him, started hearing splashes of water, only to realize that Fagunwa had slipped by the river bank into the river.

The canoe by the river side had also unfortunately tumbled on Fagunwa, thus the efforts to swim across the river and also rescue him, failed, because it was dawn and hammattan was also at its peak. According to the villagers, if an elephant fell into the river, after one night, it would not be found again. He was found fresh, erect and was also still holding his eye glasses. His wrist watch and other accessories were intact.

He still had his cap on his head. He still had his shoes on and also his complete agbada. His body did not disappear as was being speculated. He was from a Christian home. He was married to two wives and had five children- two from the first wife and his last three, from the second wife. Daniel, the first Yoruba writer, perhaps after Bishop Samuel Ajayi Crowder interpreted the English Bible into Yoruba Language, should be recognized, applauded and celebrated always.

He was a holder of the M. The contemporary World should, apart from just naming a high school in his honour- Fagunwa Memorial High School, Okeigbo, extend his recognition, beyond the frontiers of Oke Igbo- his home town, Fagunwa should be regionally and nationally applauded. By Femi Kehinde Hon.

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