Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State expressed his admiration for Nobel Laureate Oluwole Soyinka as the literary giant celebrates his 89th birthday.
Sanwo-Olu described Soyinka as an exceptional scholar and literary icon, acknowledging his significant contributions to literature, academia, and global governance.
The governor emphasized that Soyinka’s dedication to good governance and his immense influence made him a source of national pride for Nigeria and one of the country’s most influential figures on the global stage.
He said: “On behalf of my family, the government and the people of Lagos State, I congratulate our literary icon and Nobel Laureate, Prof. Oluwole Soyinka, on his 89th birthday anniversary.
“He is a great pride to Nigeria, Africa, and the entire black race.
“He is a renowned advocate of truth, justice, and equity, who always aligns with the populace in the clamour for good governance across the nation and globally.
“He has demonstrated this on many occasions by lending his voice on national and global issues in favour of the masses.
“As Prof. Soyinka clocks 89, I wish him good health and more years of meritorious service to our dear country, Nigeria, the African continent, and the world.”