Today, 13 July 2014, Nigeria's literary aficionado and Africa’s first Nobel Laureate in Literature, Prof. Wole Soyinka turns 80.
President Goodluck Jonathan through the Special Adviser (Media), Dr Reuben Abati has congratulated the Nobel laureate, Prof. in a new statement.
In the statement, Mr Jonathan applauded Soyinka for his life-long dedication and indefatigable commitment to using his acclaimed genius and talents not only in the service of the arts, but also for the promotion of democracy, good governance and respect for human rights in Nigeria, Africa and beyond.
Read the statement after the cut:
“ As he enters the elite club of the world’s highly revered octogenarians and very special people who have made very significant and indelible contributions to their countries and humanity, the President joins Prof. Soyinka, his family, friends, associates, readers and fans across the world in giving thanks to God Almighty for his glorious life of service to the arts, his nation and mankind at large.See some photos of him through the years...
“ The President assures Prof. Soyinka that he will always be celebrated and honoured by his proud countrymen, women and children for his famed literary works and for his exemplary career which has inspired others to take up a life of selfless service to humanity.
“ He wishes Prof. Soyinka very happy 80th birthday celebrations and prays that God Almighty will grant him many more years of good health and strength to continue with his devotion to making the world a better place for his people and all who live in it.”
His first year in secondary school
Here is wishing him many happy returns.