President Buhari, others celebrate Wole Soyinka at 85


Nobel Laurette, Wole Soyinka clocks 85 years today.

Many prominent Nigerians including President Muhammadu Buhari have sent birthday greetings to the icon on his birthday anniversary.

Buhari, in a statement issued by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, rejoiced with the literary icon “for being one of the country’s greatest prides and a universal brand.”

He saluted Soyinka for his intellectual momentum, interventions on state issues and polity through articles and comments, the penchant for justice and persistence in holding leaders accountable.

According to him, Soyinka’s lifestyle sends a message to Nigerians and Africans, especially the younger generation, that real success is measured by the intangibles of courage and impact brought to others, rather than the pursuit of personal interests.

Soyinka, born on July 13, 1934 was awarded the 1986 Nobel Prize in Literature, the first black man to be honoured in the category.

Soyinka took part in different freedom struggles which led to his arrests during his youthful days.

He has been a strong critic of successive Nigerian governments.

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