Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta on Tuesday congratulated literary giant and Nobel Laureate, Professor Wole Soyinka, as he clocks 87.
Prof. Soyinka, a 1986 Nobel Prize in Literature winner, was the first sub-Saharan African to be honoured in that category.
In a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Olisa Ifeajika, in Asaba, Okowa rejoiced with the literary icon on the anniversary, noting that Soyinka has remained one of Nigeria’s greatest pride and biggest export to the world.
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Okowa stated that Soyinka’s many years of outstanding accomplishments and consistency in the crusade for wellbeing of citizens had culminated in his legendary status, a great pride to Nigeria, Africa and the entire black race.
He also extolled Prof. Soyinka for his intellectual sagacity and for being an unstoppable loud voice on contemporary national issues.
According to the governor, Soyinka is a renowned advocate of truth, justice and equity, who always aligns with the populace in the clamour for good governance across the nation.
“As he clocks 87, it is my prayer that Nigeria will yet again enjoy the benefit of having another generation of Soyinka to impact on the lives of the people and project Nigeria and Africa with great honour to the global community.
“On behalf of my family, the government and people of Delta, I congratulate an illustrious Nigerian and Africa’s pride, Professor Oluwole Soyinka on his 87th birth anniversary.
“It is my prayer that God will continue to bless the literary giant for projecting Nigeria and Africa positively to the world, wishing him divine health, greater wisdom and service to the nation and humanity,” Okowa states.