Soyinka at 87: Throwback Video of Nigerian Literary Icon Receiving Nobel Prize in Literature in 1986 Emerges

Soyinka at 87: Throwback Video of Nigerian Literary Icon Receiving Nobel Prize in Literature in 1986 Emerges

  • Literary icon, Akinwande Oluwole Babatunde Soyinka, popularly known as Wole Soyinka marked his 87th birthday today
  • Nigerians and renowned personalities have taken to social media to celebrate the dramatist as they recall how he made history in sub-Saharan Africa
  • A video capturing the moment the poet was honoured with the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1986 has emerged on the internet

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Wole Soyinka wrote Nigeria and Africa's name in gold when he bagged the Nobel Peace Prize for Literature in 1986.

Wikipedia records that Soyinka's recognition made him the first sub-Saharan African to receive the global prize.

Throwback video: Beautiful moment Wole Soyinka was honoured with the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1986
The crowd of white audience stood in honour of the literary icon as he received the prize Photo Credit: Screengrabs from video shared by Ayo Ojeniyi
Source: Facebook

A video of the glorious moment Wole Soyinka was honoured with the Nobel Prize for Literature for 1986 has got many gushing.

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In the video shared on Facebook by Ayo Ojeniyi, Soyinka in his fifties at that time got a rousing standing ovation from the white people at the occasion as he stepped out to receive the prize.

Nigerians hail the accomplished poet

Sandra Jackson remarked:

''He promoted Yoruba/African dressing here.
"What are we all doing to promote Nigeria or African at large."

Ogundanna Lawrence wrote:

"Truly glorious & patriotic of WS."

Kolade Oseayo Olurotimi stated:

"A Yoruba man in body spirit and soul !"

Aremo Adeola Adepoju said:

"It's beautiful."

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Iconic throwback photos of Wole Soyinka you may never have come across

Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported about 5 throwback photos of literary icon Wole Soyinka.

The multitalented man writes proficiently in various genres. He has written many dramas, poetry, and prose texts. Of prose, his nonfiction, and fiction are unrivalled. He is Nigeria's first Nobel Laureate.

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As an elder statesman, his commentaries on socio-political issues are not to be trifled with - that is a reason why critics always reference him.

The man has always had his signature look right from his younger days. A photo credited to Dotun Ookunbajo shows him on the cover of the 1966 issue of the Nigeria Magazine. It was shared on Facebook by Biyi Bandele.

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