NEWS - Posted on: 13th Jul. 2021 at 4:58PM
Governors, social activists, musicians and Nigerians have taken to their social media to celebrate and pour accolades on popular Nobel Laureate, Prof Wole Soyinka, on his 87th birthday.

The Governor of Ekiti State, Katode Fayemi, took to his Facebook page and wrote, “We celebrate an iconic personality. A patriot of high repute. Our mentor and hero. A defender of the defenceless. Advocate of truth, fairness and equity. A man of whom justice is the first condition of humanity. One of the very best our country has produced. Wishing you many more blessed and impactful years.”

“On July 13, 1934, the heavens bestowed on Ogun State, Nigeria and Africa as a whole, the rarest breed of humankind.

“From being the conscience of the Nation, you conquered the world as a playwright, poet, essayist and public intellectual.

“At 87, we proudly celebrate an enigma whose kind only Ogun State has the privilege of laying claim to. Congratulations, Prof,” Dapo Abiodun, Ogun State Governor rook to his social media to state that Soyinka is the “rarest breed of humankind”.

Joe Okei Odumaki, activist and president, Women Arise, wrote, “When there were no civil society groups to serve as the conscience of the masses, you filled the void acting as a one-man Riot Squad!

“The rogue regime of Ladoke Akintola in the defunct Western Region bears you witness.

“When the Nigerian Constitution was yet to assign the media the role of holding government accountable to the people, you had picked up the gauntlet and filled the gap. Your role in the Nigerian civil war and your epic novel, The Man Died, bear you witness!

“Africa’s first Nobel Laureate in the academic category (specifically in Literature); tireless crusader for human rights; a voice that could not be silenced come what may; forever speaking truth to power: We salute Prof. Wole Soyinka as he turns 87!”

Popular Fuji music sensation, Saheed Osupa did not spare words when saying, “To a primus inter pares, an African pride, a National crusader, a father-figure, a meritorious mentor, a legendary icon, a core traditionalist, a glocal scholar, a witty literatus, a rare gem and an outstanding intelligentsia whose erudition I so much adore and respect.

“Thank you for being a blessing to the entire Black race, Prof. May the God of longevity grant you his favour sir, because we really need you to stay longer for a better tomorrow. Happy 87th Birthday, King Kongi, Prof Wole Soyinka! My love for you can never be overstated!” he wrote on Facebook.

By Mary Abazuo

Posted by: Mary Abazuo

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