Wole Soyinka celebrates his 87th birthday


Well-known playwright, Academic star and activist, Wole Soyinka celebrated his 87th year birthday on July 13th 2021. It was a day that was highly celebrated alongside with friends, musicians, governors and many others.

Soyinka various write up are; The Trial of Brother Jero (performed in 1960, publ. 1963) with its sequel, Jero’s Metamorphosis (performed 1974, publ. 1973), A Dance of the Forests (performed 1960, publ.1963), Kongi’s Harvest (performed 1965, publ. 1967) and Madmen and Specialists (performed 1970). The Swamp Dwellers, The Strong Breed (performed 1966, publ. 1963), The Road ( 1965) and Death and the King’s Horseman (performed 1976, publ. 1975). In The Bacchae of Euripides (1973), the play was rewritten the Bacchae for the African stage and in Opera Wonyosi (performed 1977, publ. 1981), bases himself on John Gay’s Beggar’s Opera and Brecht’s The Threepenny Opera.

The most recent of his dramatic works are, A Play of Giants (1984) and Requiem for a Futurologist (1985).

Adding to the list, he also wrote two novels, The Interpreters (1965),  Season of Anomy (1973). Wole Soyinka would always be a voice to be reckoned, never deviating from his principles and values. It's a common scenario to always hear him speaking against vices in politics and moral standard in the country

Talking about his birthday, important personalities wished him well via social media platforms, we have the likes of the Governor of Ekiti state Kayode Fayemi.

He wrote, "We celebrate an iconic personality. A patriot of high repute. Our mentor and hero. A defender of the defenceless. Advocate of truth, fairness and equity. A man of whom justice is the first condition of humanity. One of the very best our country has produced. Wishing you many more blessed and impactful years.”

“From being the conscience of the Nation, you conquered the world as a playwright, poet, essayist and public intellectual.

“At 87, we proudly celebrate an enigma whose kind only Ogun State has the privilege of laying claim to. Congratulations, Prof.”

Then, Activist and President of Women Arise, Joe Okei Odumakin, disclosed in a statement describing the legendary works of Wole Soyinka during the times of the military regime.

She wrote, “When there were no civil society groups to serve as the conscience of the masses, you filled the void acting as a one-man Riot Squad!

“The rogue regime of Ladoke Akintola in the defunct Western Region bears you witness.

“When the Nigerian Constitution was yet to assign the media the role of holding government accountable to the people, you had picked up the gauntlet and filled the gap. Your role in the Nigerian civil war and your epic novel, The Man Died, bear you witness."

Fuji musician, Saheed Osupa acknowledged Soyinka and was full of praises for him,he wrote on his Facebook handle, “To a primus inter pares, an African pride, a National crusader, a father-figure, a meritorious mentor, a legendary icon, a core traditionalist, a glocal scholar, a witty literatus, a rare gem and an outstanding intelligentsia whose erudition I so much adore and respect.

“Thank you for being a blessing to the entire Black race, Prof. May the God of longevity grant you his favour sir, because we really need you to stay longer for a better tomorrow. Happy 87th Birthday, King Kongi, Prof Wole Soyinka! My love for you can never be overstated!”.

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