Osofisan, others eulogise Soyinka at 80

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IBADAN – A literary icon, Prof. Femi Osofisan, on Tuesday described  Nobel Laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka, as a unique personality with immense intelligence.

Osofisan, spoke to  News Agency of (NAN) in Ibadan, was  evaluating  Soyinka’ contributions to literary as he  clocked 80 years on Sunday.

“It is quite unusual to find a person of immense intelligence like him. Of course, prolific writings speak volume  of him,” Osofisan said.

Also paying tributes, Dorothy Yahaya, a budding  playwright, said renowned writer  used talents  to entertain across world.

“I respect him for use of language and ability to sustain readers’ interest,” Yahaya stated.


Another young writer,  Oluseyi Adedeji, decribed  Soyinka as a freedom fighter.

“  He wrote many of his books to correct the , political, economic and cultural vices in the society,” Adedeji said.

Muyiwa Jayeola, a theatre arts  student at the , said  Soyinka remains  an inspiration to the contemporary world.

“He is able to directly us understand the writings of great philosophers in Europe  using the stories of his own ,” Jayeola said.

Soyinka,   was born on July 13, 1934, at Ishara Ogun, is widely believed to be the father of African drama.

Soyinka became the most literary artist in when he was declared the winner of the Nobel Prize for literature  in 1986. (NAN)