Osofisan, others eulogise Soyinka at 80




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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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