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President Tinubu Names Abuja Highway After Wole Soyinka

President Tinubu Names Abuja Highway After Wole Soyinka

President Bola Tinubu has renamed a major highway in Abuja to honor Nigeria’s renowned literary figure, Wole Soyinka. The Arterial Road N20, running from Northern Parkway to Outer Northern Expressway (ONEX), will now be called Professor Wole Soyinka Highway.

The decision, recommended by the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) administration, was announced by Presidential media aide Bayo Onanuga on June 4, 2024.

This tribute celebrates Soyinka’s contributions to literature as a playwright, poet, and novelist, coinciding with his upcoming 90th birthday on July 13. President Tinubu praised Soyinka’s work and his impact on Nigeria’s global cultural reputation.

Notably, Soyinka was the first African to be awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature.

“Professor Wole Soyinka has brought immense honour and fame to Nigeria through his unparalleled contributions to literature and his unwavering commitment to human rights and social justice,” President Tinubu stated.

“Naming this highway after him is a fitting tribute to a man who has dedicated his life to the pursuit of truth, freedom, and artistic excellence.”

The newly named Professor Wole Soyinka Highway stands as a symbol of national pride and recognition of Soyinka’s enduring legacy. The road is a vital artery in Abuja’s transport network, connecting key areas and facilitating movement across the city.

This tribute comes as Nigeria and the world prepare to celebrate the 90th birthday of one of Africa’s most revered literary figures. The naming ceremony is expected to take place soon, with dignitaries and cultural icons in attendance to honour Soyinka’s lasting impact on literature and society.

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