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An Ode To Wole Soyinka @70

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  1. Tajmahal

    Tajmahal Well-Known Member

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    WOLE SOYINKA

    Head strewn with immaculate hair.........
    Ladden with thoughts of a sage
    Attained the age of three scores and ten
    Moulded an avalanche of impressionable minds
    Who drank from the theatre fountains of Ibadan and Ife
    Under the tutelage of the Igilango Oyinbo
    Who re-wrote a language never heard of by his forebearers
    A hunter per excellence
    Who traverses the lands of Ake
    And the bushes of Ishara
    In search of not only game
    But the idealism and essence of life
    Who never cringes at the feet of dictators
    Or genuflect at the convoy of 'slave-drivers'
    Who refuse to stay in the cocoon of the intelligantsia he belonged to
    But dared the Evil minds in their domain


    I say a million and one 'Happy Birthday' to this illustrous son of Naija, an 'ogidi omo' of the Black Race, its first Nobel Prize Winner in Literature!!!
     
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    Kanu, Ex-NADECO Chief, Delivers Soyinka Lecture Today

    This Day (Lagos)
    NEWS
    July 13, 2004
    Posted to the web July 13, 2004

    By Godwin Haruna
    Lagos

    Frontline member of the National Democratic Coalition (NADECO), Rear Admiral Ndubuisi Kanu (rtd), has been pencilled down to deliver Professor Wole Soyinka's 70th birthday lecture in Lagos.

    The theme of the lecture is, "Nigeria: The Unfinished Business" and the session will be chaired by another democracy activist, General Alani Akinrinade (rtd).

    These were made known at a press conference by Professor Olatunde Makanju of the University of Lagos (UNILAG), who said the lecture was being put together by the National Association of Seadogs (NAS).

    Makanju, who is chairman of the organising committee of the lecture, disclosed that prominent Nigerians like Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) President and Professor Ayo Banjo, a former vice-chancellor of the University of Ibadan, have been invited as guests of honour at the event.

    He used the opportunity to dispel insinuations that NAS was a secret society, adding that "the Original Seven had a vision and mission to constructively arrest the drift that was going to make the university a breeding ground and harbinger of negative trends that could affect the shaping of fertile minds, an ugly trend that was beginning to grow at the institution".

    Makanju addressed the conference in company of some officials of NAS and emphasised the need for the government to enforce strictly the laws of the country against persons who commit murders on campus using confraternities as cover.

    He said NAS was a duly registered organisation under Nigerian laws that conducts its activities and other philanthropic gestures openly throughout the world.

    He lauded the contributions of Soyinka, who is one of the founders, to humanity for which he is being honoured with a yearly lecture on every July 13.
     
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    Tajmahal Well-Known Member

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    Vince, may God dot your every step with His favours for those Wole Soyinka items you pasted under that thread. I coudn't but print out the whole - six in all!!!

    Ups!
     
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    God,i hope you heard that! :)
    You're wellcomed,my guy!
     
  5. mykindofmovies

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    thank God he is not an Ode!
     
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    LOL! :)
     
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