Friday, July 15, 2011
Be yourselves, don’t copy me, Wole Soyinka warns
NOBEL laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka, Thursday, in Abeokuta , took a cursory look at his experience and asked Nigerian children and youths to drop the idea of attempting to emulate him in activism.
Prof. Soyinka who clocked 77 on Wednesday made the statement Thursday when Ogun state governor Ibikunle Amosun led no fewer than seventy-seven students, drawn from the 36 states of the country and diaspora to the icon’s house in Idi-Aba Abeokuta to celebrate with him.
Addressing the well-wishers in his living rooms, Prof. Soyinka warned all the 77 children on the visit to drop the idea of emulating him saying “ be yourselves”.
According to the Nobel laureate “ It is sometimes problematic to be Prof. Wole Soyinka. Be yourselves don’t try to be like me “ he said.
While expressing surprise over the Birthday party organised by Ogun state Government, Soyinka said “ I heard nothing, everything was organized behind me. The topic, I have no idea. I became a visitor in my house. Hospitality I contributed nothing”.
Senator Ibikunle Amosun explained why the birthday bash was organised saying it was to appreciate the doggedness and activism of the I con. Amosun however stated that he would want “to seize this opportunity to enjoin Nigerians to learn to appreciate those who have genuinely contributed to the growth and development of our society, while they are still leaving.
“ It goes a long way in encouraging others to do their best to their immediate community and the larger society” Amosun said while describing the event as significant adding that the “ significance of these years is not in the number being marked nor the monotony of the yearly rituals, but the celebration of life.