Ogun State Governor, Dapo Abiodun has heaped praises on Africa’s most iconic literary maestro and one of the world’s most influential citizens, professor Wole Soyinka, who is adding one today.
Wole Soyinka who won Nobel Prize in Literature in 1986, is a descendant of a Remo family of Isara-Remo, Ogun State.
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The governor via his official Twitter handle on Monday said on July 13, 1934, the heavens bestowed on Ogun State, Nigeria and Africa as a whole, the rarest breed of humankind.
“Happy 86th Birthday, Kongi!
On July 13, 1934, the heavens bestowed on Ogun State, Nigeria and Africa as a whole, the rarest breed of humankind.”
Dapo, in his birthday wish to the renowned playwright, poet, essayist, public intellectual further stated that Soyinka started conquering the world with his Intellect at a tender age.
“From conquering the world as a playwright, poet, essayist, public intellectual and conscience of the Nigerian nation at a tender age, he became the symbol of the soft power on the global stage.”
Dapo added to it that is only Ogun State that has the honour of laying claim to this.
“At 86, all we can do as mere mortals is to celebrate the life of an enigma whose kind only Ogun State has the honour of laying claim to!”
Even though 86 might not be a remarkable milestone, it was in 1986 that the Nobel Prize came, hence the reason for this remarkable reckoning and why it’s worthy of celebration.