A University Don, Ayo Ojebode has eulogized the literary giant and the first African Nobel Laureate, Professor Oluwole Akinwande Soyinka, on Soyinka’s 86th birthday.
In his speech to celebrate the Literary Icon, Professor Ayo Ojebode of the Department and Head, Communication and Language Arts , University of Ibadan, noted that the feats recorded by the Nobel Laureate is far beyond the three genres of literature which are poetry, drama and prose.
Ojebode also noted that Soyinka is a creative writer who is able to weave so much into his writings. ” Soyinka’s writing is full of wisdom and he remains unparalleled in the literary world”.
The U.I Don also observed that Professor Soyinka displayed unparalleled excellence beyond being a literary giant as he left indelible marks on African policies, politics and governance, saying that he always scream and fight anywhere there is tyranny.
According to Professor Ojebode, the Ogun state-born Professor Soyinka is a blessing to Nigeria as he impacted greatly on humanity.
Meanwhile, in his poem entitled “Papa Kongi at 86”, a Scotland-based Writer and PhD student at the University of Strathclyde, Mr Dare Lasisi submitted that the African Wizard’s ink soured against tyrants.
As Mr Lasisi said, the ageless Kongi who is a Legendary Wordsmith must not melt now as he is still needed to lampoon the obnoxious illegality against the oppressed soul in Africa and around the world.