Why Wole Soyinka Still Deserves Befitting Honour From Nigeria

    Professor Wole Soyinka
    Professor Wole Soyinka

    President of the Society of Young Nigerian Writers (SYNW) and African Director of the International Human Rights Art Movement (IHRAF), Wole Adedoyin has voiced a poignant concern regarding Nigeria’s failure to adequately honor one of its most illustrious literary figures, Professor Wole Soyinka.

    In a press statement issued from Ibadan during the week, Adedoyin underscored the glaring oversight by the Nigerian government in appropriate recognition to Prof. Soyinka, the first black African to receive the Nobel Prize for Literature. Despite his monumental contributions to literature, theater, and activism, Prof. Soyinka’s legacy remains conspicuously uncelebrated on a national scale.

    Adedoyin lamented the absence of tangible initiatives or official acknowledgments from the government that reflect the profound impact of Prof. Soyinka‘s work both within Nigeria and on the global stage. He emphasized that such neglect not only dishonors Prof. Soyinka’s unparalleled achievements also diminishes Nigeria’s cultural and intellectual heritage.

    The Society of Young Nigerian Writers (SYNW) stands united in its call for the Nigerian government to rectify this oversight without delay. Prof. Soyinka’s literary prowess, unwavering commitment to social justice, and unyielding advocacy for freedom of expression exemplify the ideals that Nigeria should proudly champion and celebrate.

    As Africa’s most populous nation and a beacon of cultural diversity, Nigeria has a responsibility to honor and preserve the legacies of its most eminent figures. Prof. Soyinka’s contributions transcend literature; they embody the resilience, creativity, and spirit of Nigeria itself.

    Adedoyin urged the Nigerian government to seize the opportunity to rectify this longstanding omission by instituting tangible measures to honor Prof. Soyinka’s legacy. Such recognition would not only pay homage to a literary giant but also serve as a source of inspiration for generations of aspiring writers and intellectuals.

    SYNW reaffirmed its commitment to advocating for the recognition and celebration of Nigeria’s cultural icons, emphasizing the importance of preserving and promoting the nation’s rich literary heritage. The society called upon all stakeholders, including government officials, cultural institutions, and civil society organizations, to join hands in honoring Prof. Soyinka’s enduring legacy.

    In conclusion, Adedoyin reiterated SYNW’s unwavering support for Prof. Soyinka and its determination to ensure that his contributions to literature and society are rightfully acknowledged and celebrated by the nation he has tirelessly served and enriched.

    Packaged by Dare Raji

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