Soyinka meets 82 pupils on cor­rup­tion

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Ke­hinde Akinyemi, Abeokuta

No­bel Lau­rent Pro­fes­sor Wole Soyinka will to­day meet with 82 pupils from var­i­ous sec­ondary schools across the coun­try to talk about cor­rup­tion and other so­cial vices in Abeokuta, Ogun State.

Gov­er­nor Ibikunle Amo­sun had yes­ter­day con­grat­u­lated the No­bel Lau­re­ate on his 82nd birth­day, de­scrib­ing his life as event­ful.

The meet­ing with the pupils, who rep­re­sent the 82 years the lit­er­ary icon is celebrating, will take place at his (Soyinka’s) res­i­dence. He will also be meet­ing with the 18 past win­ners of the Wole Soyinka In­ter­na­tional Cul­tural Ex­change (WSICE) project

The Ex­ec­u­tive Pro­ducer of WSICE, Al­haji Teju Ka­reem, said, “This year’s theme for the youth seg­ment is aimed at awak­en­ing the pa­triot in young Nige­ri­ans, even as many in the older gen­er­a­tion have be­come dis­il­lu­sioned due to the re­cur­rent fail­ure of the Nige­rian State.”

Gov­er­nor Amo­sun, in a re­lease by his Spe­cial Se­nior As­sis­tant (Me­dia), Ade­ju­won Soyinka, said Wole Soyinka’s life had been spiced with nu­mer­ous ac­com­plish­ments and a track record of ex­cel­lence. “With your tow­er­ing in­tel­lect, you have been a bless­ing to Nige­ria, Africa and in­deed the whole world. Nige­ria has ben­e­fit­ted im­mensely from your foun­tain of knowl­edge, wealth of ex­pe­ri­ence, lead­er­ship qual­i­ties and po­lit­i­cal in­ter­ven­tions at crit­i­cal stages of the de­vel­op­ment of our dear coun­try,” the gov­er­nor said.

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