Nigerian columnist finally meets Wole Soyinka


A Nigerian columnist has at long last respected an encouragement to meet Nobel laureate Wole Soyinka, following 52 years of waiting. 

Oloye Lekan Alabi, a veteran writer who has likewise filled in as a press secretary for four state lead representatives, met Prof Soyinka on Wednesday at his home in Ogun state, Nigerian media revealed. 

Mr Alabi told writers that he had been welcomed by the author and dramatist in 1969. 

He said he had been welcomed in light of a letter he kept in touch with then President Yakubu Gowon condemning the public authority for detaining Prof Soyinka. He added that he had composed another letter to the laureate, during his two years in jail, to show fortitude. 

In appreciation, the educator had welcomed him not long after he was delivered from jail. He said while he at first kept the arrangement, he was told the teacher had been away. 

"Today, 52 years after, it has satisfied God that I honor the benevolent greeting reached out to me in 1969 while I was a 19-year-old understudy of African Church Grammar School, Apata Ganga, Ibadan, by Prof (at that point Mr) Wole Soyinka," The Guardian paper cites him as saying.

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