aThe Nobel Laureate for Literature, Professor Wole Soyinka has been described as a global literary giant and a gift to Africa, Nigeria and the Yoruba race.
Speaking while playing host to the the Nobel Laureate in his office in Alagbaka, Akure, the Ondo State Governor Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, SAN, said Professor Wole Soyinka remains a priceless conscience of Nigeria.
Arakunrin Akeredolu equally extolled the literary ingenuity of D.O Fagunwa, in whose honour The Fagunwa Study Group was established.
Governor Akeredolu said the theme of the Second International Conference, tagged: “WOLE SOYINKA: Wole Soyinka, D.O Fagunwa, and the Yoruba Artistic and Heritage typified ” the ancient and the modern ” which had been effectively integrated by the singular efforts of Professor Soyinka who translated the ,D.O Fagunwa’s Ogboju Ode Ninu Igbo Oludumare to Forest of Thousands Daemons.
Earlier, the Nobel Laureate, Professor Wole Soyinka had said coming to Ondo State was a homecoming having visited the state in a number of times.
Professor Soyinka expressed appreciation to the State Governor, whom he said he had maintained an excellent relationship with, in view of his stance on the well-being of the masses.
The governor, who made some presentations to his august guest, later took him to another batch of the reconditioned vehicles parked within the Governor’ Office grounds, where he explained the motives behind the project.
He said the project was borne out of the desire to keep governance ruining in the face of huge debt profile and dwindling resources at the inception of his administration.
The governor, who later joined the Fagunwa Study Group at the International Culture and Events Center (DOME), said he was particularly happy to celebrate Soyinka’s 85th birthday.
He said: “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 fullness of being.”