President Tinubu Pays Tribute to Prof. Wole Soyinka on His 89th Birthday: Celebrating a Literary Icon and Democracy Advocate

President Tinubu Pays Tribute to Prof. Wole Soyinka on His 89th Birthday: Celebrating a Literary Icon and Democracy Advocate

…By Dorcas Funmi for TDPel Media. President Bola Ahmed Tinubu fondly reminisced about the shared experiences and struggles alongside Nigerian playwright and Nobel Laureate Prof. Wole Soyinka as the literary icon celebrated his 89th birthday.


In a statement, Tinubu highlighted their joint efforts in fighting for democracy under the NADECO platform, often risking their personal safety.

A Veritable Source of Support

Describing Soyinka as a pillar of support, inspiration, and encouragement, President Tinubu emphasized their brotherly bond and comradeship in the battle to restore and entrench democracy and good governance in Nigeria.

He acknowledged Soyinka’s immense contributions to the literary world, hailing him as an influential figure and an “Iroko.”


Commemorating Prof. Wole Soyinka’s Achievements

In his congratulatory message, President Tinubu praised Soyinka’s significant impact on Nigeria.

He recognized the Nobel Laureate’s invaluable contributions to the struggle for democracy and good governance in the country.

The statement acknowledged the risks taken and sacrifices made by Soyinka, Tinubu, and other activists during their NADECO days.

A Beacon of Inspiration

President Tinubu expressed admiration for Soyinka as a beacon of inspiration and support for many individuals, both within and outside Nigeria.

He extended heartfelt prayers, on behalf of the nation, for God Almighty to grant Soyinka more years of life and strength.


Tinubu expressed the hope that Soyinka would witness the realization of a new Nigeria, aligned with their shared vision for security, prosperity, and economic development.

In celebrating Prof. Wole Soyinka’s 89th birthday, President Tinubu highlighted the influential role played by the renowned playwright and pro-democracy activist in shaping Nigeria’s literary landscape and fighting for democratic values.

Their shared experiences and dedication to a better Nigeria continue to serve as a source of inspiration for many.


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