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Akeredolu presenting a plaque to Soyinka
Akeredolu presenting a plaque to Soyinka

85th Birthday: Akeredolu Hosts Soyinka In Akure     

Akeredolu hosts Soyinka to mark his 85th birthday.

Funsho Akinwale

Still basking in the euphoria of his birthday, Professor Wole Soyinka was on Friday hosted in Akure by Ondo State Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu, as part of plans to celebrate with him on his birthday which he marked recently.

The governor, during the reception, described Soyinka as a priceless conscience of Nigeria, noting that the literary giant is a gift to Africa, Nigeria and the Yoruba race.

“I am particularly excited at the 85th birthday of our uncle, mentor and bastion, the world renowned icon, Nobel Laureate, Professor Wole Soyinka, first class academic, Playwright, Poet, Novelist, and great human condition activist.

“It is hard to believe that the man is eighty, talk less of eighty-five, considering the vigour, speed and intensity with which he carries on.

“For those of us in public service offices, one feels strong and encouraged by Professor Wole Soyinka’s writings and activities over the several decades of his engaging years.

“This is because they have elevated in our minds, the art of partisan living, as the biggest ideal of social reclamation.

“Indeed, his life at every station has taught us that to make a meaning of life, a man must set forth at dawn and immerse himself at the epicentre of beliefs, struggles and activities which seek to reclaim society and help it attain its spontaneous,” Akeredolu said.

The Nobel Laureate thanked the governor for the reception, adding that he would continue to chart the course of the masses.