Nigerian Nobel Laureate Celebrates Birthday


Professor Wole Soyinka the international literary icon and Nobel Laureate has received 80th birthday congratulations from President Goodluck Jonathan and other prominent politicians.


  • Nigeria:  The Wonder Known As Wole Soyinka

    Premium Times, 15 July 2014

    Wole Soyinka turned 80 at the very beginning of this week. For many, that milestone must seem incredible. He looks scandalously young and vibrant, his physique trim, his mind ever ... read more »

  • Nigeria:  What Influenced Soyinka's Choice of 'Captain Blood' as Confraternity Name, by Owodiong-Idemeko

    The Guardian, 11 July 2014

    The National Association of Seadogs (NAS), better known as Pyrates Confraternity (PC), began as a campus fraternity, with well-defined objectives, within the confines of University ... read more »

  • Nigeria:  For Wole Soyinka At 80

    Premium Times, 16 July 2014

    Last semester, I taught Wole Soyinka's The Lion and the Jewel for the first time in about thirty years. Though I do like the play a lot, it is not one of my favourite Soyinka ... read more »

  • Nigeria:  80 Canon Salutes to Soyinka, African God of Literature, By Tunji Ariyomo Opinion

    Premium Times, 14 July 2014

    In the African literary precinct, where minds form thoughts and thoughts mould minds, Wole Soyinka, until perhaps another revelation in his class, will remain the definitive ... read more »

  • Nigeria:  At 10, I Almost Killed Myself With My Father's Gun - Soyinka

    Leadership, 15 July 2014

    As various segments of the society take their turn to celebrate Professor Wole Soyinka who recently turned 80, the Nobel Laureate has said his glorious life would have been cut ... read more »

  • Nigeria:  Scholars, Poets, Others Gather for Soyinka's 80th Birthday

    Premium Times, 14 July 2014

    Several scholars and poets gathered in Lagos, Sunday, at the 6th Wole Soyinka Centre Media Lecture Series in Lagos to celebrate the sage at 80 and hail his commitment to proffering ... read more »

  • Nigeria:  Soyinka's Odyssey and Nigeria's Destiny

    Vanguard, 15 July 2014

    I have known and have been observing Professor Wole Soyinka since 1962 (52 years), but from a distance. I do not have the privilege of having been one of his former students or a ... read more »

  • Nigeria:  Youth Education Is Fundamental--Soyinka

    Vanguard, 15 July 2014

    Nobel Laureate, Professor Wole Soyinka, yesterday, decried the attempt by some terrorists to truncate the education of Nigerian youths by abducting them, declaring that every ... read more »

  • Nigeria:  Jonathan Congratulates Soyinka At 80, Lauds His Contributions to Humanity

    This Day, 13 July 2014

    President Goodluck Jonathan yesterday congratulated Nobel laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka, as he attained the age of 80 years today. The President equally commended him for his ... read more »

  • Nigeria:  Birthday Sympathies for Wole Soyinka

    Premium Times, 14 July 2014

    "I'm getting a little bit bored with this Sisyphean struggle. I'm not exhausted; I can drop down dead tomorrow, that's irrelevant, I want be around to witness the event. At the ... read more »

  • Nigeria:  Gowon Preaches Peace At Soyinka's 80th Birthday Lecture

    This Day, 12 July 2014

    Sheriff Balogun and Aisha Suleimon Former President Yakubu Gowon yesterday appealed to Nigerians to embrace peace as the country faced its current security challenges and assured ... read more »

  • Nigeria:  Jonathan Commends Soyinka On Arts, Nigeria, Mankind

    This Day, 12 July 2014

    President Goodluck Jonathan Saturday congratulated Nobel laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka as he attained the age of 80 years. read more »

  • Nigeria:  Soyinka At 80: Fully Humanized, Totally Disalienated

    Premium Times, 13 July 2014

    The Nobel laureate, Wole Soyinka, who turns 80 today, has garnered a great deal of honour in his active life as a man of letters and a statesman. Since the early 1960s when he ... read more »

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Professor Wole Soyinka

  • Nigeria:  Soyinka - the Man Lived

    Daily Independent, 12 July 2014

    Language, the source of Wole Soyinka's fame; the reason also for his alienation by the average reader. The Nobel Laureate is a man of complex locution. Besides his political ... read more »

  • Nigeria:  As Wole Soyinka Clocks 80 Tomorrow

    This Day, 12 July 2014

    Fellow Africans, it is difficult to imagine how fast time flies. I can confidently say it is highly supersonic. Just imagine that in less than 24 hours, our own Nobel laureate, ... read more »

  • Nigeria:  Events - a Melancholic Crown for Soyinka

    This Day, 13 July 2014

    Crown Troupe, a repertory theatre, joined the rest of the world in paying tribute to Africa's first Nobel Laureate, Professor Wole Soyinka who turns 80 today. The theatre group ... read more »

  • Nigeria:  Mark, Oshiomhole, Tinubu Felicitate With Soyinka At 80

    This Day, 14 July 2014

    Senate President, David Mark, Governor Adams Oshiomhole and former Governor of Lagos State, Senator Bola Tinubu at the weekend congratulated Nobel laureate, Professor Wole Soyinka, ... read more »

  • Nigeria:  Senate President Salutes Soyinka At 80

    Daily Trust, 14 July 2014

    Senate President David Mark has congratulated Prof. Wole Soyinka on his 80th birthday describing him as a rare gem who has continued to touch lives and shape the future of younger ... read more »

  • Nigeria:  Mark, Oshiomhole, Others Eulogise Soyinka At 80

    Daily Independent, 14 July 2014

    Senate President, David Mark, and Edo State Governor, Adams Oshiomhole, were among prominent Nigerians who on Sunday congratulated Nobel Laureate, Professor Wole Soyinka, on his ... read more »

  • Nigeria:  Jonathan Applauds Soyinka At 80

    Premium Times, 12 July 2014

    President Jonathan felicitates with the globally-renowned academic, dramatist, poet and literary icon as he celebrates the attainment of another significant milestone in a long, ... read more »

  • Nigeria:  Oshiomhole Hails Soyinka At 80

    Vanguard, 14 July 2014

    GOVERNOR Adams Oshiomhole of Edo State, has congratulated Professor Wole Soyinka on his 80th birthday, saying Soyinka remains a source of inspiration and pillar of support. read more »

  • Nigeria:  President Jonathan Applauds Soyinka's Glorious Life of Service to the Arts, Nigeria and Mankind

    Vanguard, 13 July 2014

    President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan has congratulated Nigeria's most famous living literary giant and Nobel laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka, as he attains the landmark age of 80 years ... read more »

  • Nigeria:  Jonathan Salutes Soyinka At 80

    Daily Trust, 12 July 2014

    President Goodluck Jonathan has congratulated Nobel Laureate Professor Wole Soyinka on his 80th birthday. read more »

  • Nigeria:  Jonathan, Aregbesola Applaud Soyinka At 80

    Daily Independent, 13 July 2014

    President Goodluck Jonathan has congratulated Nigeria's literary giant and Nobel laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka, as he turns 80 today. read more »

  • Nigeria:  Nobel Laureate in Literature Wole Soyinka Turns 80

    Deutsche Welle, 11 July 2014

    Nigerian Wole Soyinka - the first African to win the Nobel Prize for Literature - is turning 80. A recurring theme in his work is opposition to dictatorship and to the use of ... read more »

  • Nigeria:  For Soyinka and the Men in My Life!

    Premium Times, 11 July 2014

    "Nigeria is not a nation but a noyau - i.e., a society of inward antagonism, one held together by mutual internal antagonism, one which could not carry on if its members had no ... read more »

  • Nigeria:  For Soyinka and the Men in My Life!

    Premium Times, 10 July 2014

    "Nigeria is not a nation but a noyau - i.e., a society of inward antagonism, one held together by mutual internal antagonism, one which could not carry on if its members had no ... read more »

  • Nigeria:  Wole Soyinka At 80

    Daily Trust, 10 July 2014

    Waziri Adio, a member of This Day editorial board, called him "Nigeria's special gift to the world". I can't think of a more apt description. Akinwande Oluwole "Wole" Soyinka - ... read more »

  • Nigeria:  Soyinka's Odyssey and Nigeria's Destiny

    Daily Independent, 8 July 2014

    As the world celebrates the 80th birthday of Professor Wole Soyinka, international literary icon and Nobel Laureate, renowned Constitutional Lawyer, Professor Itse Sagay, pays ... read more »

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