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Nigeria’s Nobel Laurel and literary icon, Prof. Wole Soyinka and the Ogun state governor, Dapo Abiodun will lead recipients of awards by the Association of Nigerian Authors (ANA) in Ogun State on Saturday.
The Ogun state chairman of ANA, Engr. Paul Oni made this disclosure at a press conference heralding the Award presentation, lecture and public presentation of a book by Wole Soyinka.
Oni said Soyinka’s award is in recognition of his strides in the literary world and his book public last year – CHRONICLES OF THE HAPPIEST PEOPLE ON EARTH.
He added that the state governor, Dapo Abiodun, an Egba industrialist, Chief Olatunde Abudu and others will be awarded as the Alake and paramount ruler of Egbaland, Oba Dr. Aremu Gbadebo will be attending as the chairman of the day
In his words, “We are honouring a global icon in the literary world, Prof. Wole Soyinka for his numerous contributions in the literary world through his publications. We are also honoured to be having the public presentation of his book, the ‘Chronicles of the happiest people on earth.
“If an 87 year old man can write a book of 524 pages it is a challenge to you, in any area of your life that you have chosen to exhibit your God given talent, do it well, his life is a challenge and he is going to tell us a little bit about that how he is managing to that.”
Oni said that the vice chancellor of the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB), Prof. Felix Salako will deliver the award lecture on National security.
“We will be discussing national security, security not only in terms of lives and property alone, security in terms of food security, in terms of health. The lecturer will give us a template to address the farmers and herdsmen crisis. So we want people to come to us, talk to us about these things and we know that we have great authors amongst us here”, he added.
He added that the award and lecture is being organized in collaboration with the Abeokuta Club
Also at the briefing, the President of Abeokuta Club, Engr. Tokunbo Odebunmi described Soyinka as a man whose literary effort has accumulated to the entire world.
He said that the literary icon is worth being celebrated for having been a voice in the fight for human rights.
“We are here to celebrate one of the great Icons of Africa, one of the great men of Nigeria, an author of excellence, a Nobel Laureate, Professor Wole Soyinka. We are happy and lucky to have a great Scholar of the stature of Prof. Wole Soyinka who have exposed literary act to the entire world space
“It is all his efforts that accumulated to this award, as a Nobel Laureate in the field of literature and you will agree with me that he has done great not only to himself but to his family, to Ogun State, the Association of Nigerian Authors, to Nigeria and to the continent of Africa and as a living being he has done great to the world.
“You will also agree with me that he has been in the international space, in terms of human rights, in terms of environment, in terms of making sure that everyone has a right to life.
“He has taken the battle of a good and healthy environment beyond the shores of this country, he has taken the battle of fundamental human right beyond the shores of this nation and we believe that somebody in that age bracket going towards ninety years and still in the struggle in ensuring that every living soul is important is worth being celebrated.”