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Oba of Egba Land Declares July 13 As Wole Soyinka Day, Pushes For GCON Award



Wole Soyinka

The Alake of Egbaland, Oba Adedotun Gbadebo has declared July 13 as Wole Soyinka Day for Egba sons and Daughters across the world, to mark the birthday of the literary icon.

Speaking in Abeokuta, the capital of Ogun state, on Tuesday, Gbadebo also asked the federal government to honour Soyinka with the Grand Commander of the Order of Niger (GCON) award to mark his 90th birthday. reports that Soyinka will be celebrating his 90th birthday on July 13. 

Oba Gbadebo  announced that July 13 would henceforth be Wole Soyinka Day in Egba land, where the literature icon hails from..

Gbadebo highlighted the series of events lined up to celebrate Soyinka’s 90th birthday.

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He added that the theme of the celebration would be ‘Defiance and creativity: A celebration of Soyinka’s artistic ingenuity and impact on Nigeria, Africa, and the entire world’.

The monarch said Soyinka deserves to be celebrated for being the first African Nobel Prize winner in literature and for his positive impact on the new generation of youth.

“It will be appropriate for the federal government to adopt July 13 as a national day to celebrate Professor Wole Soyinka, given his contribution to literature and humanity globally,” Alake said.

“It will be good to henceforth adopt his birthday, which is July 13, as Wole Soyinka Day.

“In fact, New Orleans in the United States of America has already adopted a day to celebrate him, so why can’t we do so to honour our own too?

“The federal government should also, in addition to this, confer on Wole Soyinka the second highest national honour of Grand Commander of the Order of Niger because of his contribution to register our dear nation on the global map.”

With additional reports from TheCable

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