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Prof Wole Soyinka, a man with many strips, an icon, a leader, an Author, a Nobel laureate, and a Father celebrates his birthday today July the 13th .We as a family and a firm, warmly wish you a splendid birthday. Happy Birthday to one of Nigeria’s greatest exports, distinguished for his immense contribution in the field of literature, an intellectual force and a man of integrity. Akinwande Oluwole Soyinka full name, born on the 13 July 1934 (age 77), he hails from Abeokuta, Ogun State, Nigeria. Akinwande Oluwole “Wole” Soyinka is a Nigerian writer, notable especially as a playwright and poet. His first major play, The Swamp Dwellers (1958) was followed a year later, by The Lion and the Jewel, a comedy that attracted interest from several members of London’s Royal Court Theatre Soyinka was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1986, becoming the first African laureate; the first African in Africa and the Diaspora to be so honoured. He was described as one “who in a wide cultural perspective and with poetic overtones fashions the drama of existence. His Nobel acceptance speech “This Past Must Address Its Present,” was devoted to South African freedom-fighter Nelson Mandela. Till date he still is a voice of the people fighting for justice and what is right. Happy birthday to one of the most influential Nigerians till date.

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This article was first published on 13th July 2012

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