Over 80 schools to celebrate Wole Soyinka at 90


A group, Initiative for Information, Arts and Culture Development, on Monday, announced plan to gather over 80 schools to mark and celebrate the 90th birthday of Nobel Laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka.

EduCeleb.com reports that Soyinka, who was born in 1934, would be 90 on July 13, 2024.

The President of IACD, Kolade Mosuro, announced this in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital, during a press briefing on events earmarked to celebrate the global icon.

The IACD boss said there were a plethora of programmes lined up for the exhibition, which include performances, stage plays, reading and others.

He said, “The students will know more about Soyinka who is a patriot, advocate of fair play, dramatist, artist, guitarist, music lover and nobel laureate. The students will learn from the icon’s story of rigorous study, reflection and growth.

“The Government College, Ibadan will stage The Lion and The Jewel directed by Jumoke Sobo; Childe’s International directed by Dele Morakinyo on July 19, 2024 at Bishop Philip Academy, Aperin, Ibadan; Isara: A stage adaption of Wole Soyinka by Femi Osofisan on July 26, 2024 by 5.00 p.m. at Wole Soyinka Theatre, University of Ibadan.

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‘’Soyinka will be 90 on July 13, 2024. To mark the occasion, we will be mounting a first of its kind in the country special exhibition depicting his full life and have this on for a month from July 2 to July 31, 2024.

“The exhibition will trace his stellar life from birth to date. It will be a display of visuals, memorabilia with sound woven in a thematic manner to tell his rich and remarkable story.

‘’The exhibition venue is the premises of IACD, Magazine Road, Jericho, Ibadan. Several activities have been and are being held across the globe but what we are doing is different. Students of 80 schools will gather here to celebrate and see the exhibition. It is to inspire and rekindle the legacy of scholarship and creativity of Soyinka in the students.”

He said the exhibition would rekindle some interest in reading culture in the students.

“While the students would come daily, the general public could come in the afternoons and Saturdays. His life is a story of rigorous study, reflection and growth and a man of rare conscience in any part of the world.”

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Mosuro, who was flanked by Tunde Awosanmi and Patrick Agwu, promised that IACD would celebrate the Soyinka in a unique way.

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