- Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta state has joined numerous Nigerians in celebrating Professor Wole Soyinka
- Governor Okowa described the Nobel Laureate as an unstoppable voice on contemporary national issues
- The Delta state governor also sent felicitations to his Akwa Ibom state counterpart, Udom Emmanuel who recently turned 55
Asaba - Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta state on Tuesday congratulated literary giant and Nobel Laureate, Professor Wole Soyinka, as he clocks 87.
Prof. Soyinka, a 1986 Nobel Prize in Literature winner, was the first sub-Saharan African to be honoured in that category.
In a statement sent to Legit.ng by his spokesman, Mr. Olisa Ifeajika, in Asaba, Okowa rejoiced with the literary icon on the anniversary, noting that Soyinka had remained one of Nigeria’s greatest pride and biggest export to the world.
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Okowa stated that Soyinka’s many years of outstanding accomplishments and consistency in the crusade for the wellbeing of citizens had culminated in his legendary status, great pride to Nigeria, Africa, and the entire black race.
He also extolled Prof. Soyinka for his intellectual sagacity and for being an unstoppable loud voice on contemporary national issues.
According to the governor, Soyinka is a renowned advocate of truth, justice and equity, who always align with the populace in the clamour for good governance across the nation.
Similarly, Governor Okowa has congratulated his Akwa Ibom counterpart, Mr Udom Emmanuel, on his 55th birth anniversary.
In a statement sent to Legit.ng by his spokesman, Mr Olisa Ifeajika, Okowa commended the Akwa Ibom governor for his audacious industrialisation mission in his state, saying he was an accomplished professional and indefatigable administrator.
He also extolled Emmanuel for his patriotic and unrelenting service to his state and the nation and prayed to God to continue to grant him good health and wisdom to sustain his good works for the people.
He stated that Emmanuel's job and wealth creation programmes had lifted Akwa Ibom sons and daughters out of poverty with the establishment of key industries.
Okowa said that it was heart-warming to note that the ex-banker turned-politician had by dint of acknowledged, hard work, and discipline, won the admiration and respect of Akwa Ibom people and the nation.
Recall that Governor Okowa recently congratulated multi-talented and award-winning actor, Richard Mofe Damijo, popularly known as “RMD” as he clocks 60.
Okowa said RMD was a quintessential actor whose contributions to the development of the entertainment industry in Nigeria were remarkable.
Governor Okowa added that RMD had remained a huge inspiration, pride, and ambassador of Delta state.
Earlier in the year, Governor Okowa congratulated former President of the Senate, Senator David Mark, on his 73rd birth anniversary, describing him as an inspirational leader.
The governor rejoiced with the family, friends, and political associates of the former military officer who served the country in various capacities as military governor, minister, and later lawmaker.
He stated that the leadership qualities of the former boss of the Senate were worthy of emulation, saying he was a great democrat, astute administrator, and a leader of inestimable value.