Wole Soyinka at 86: An ode, by Ikechukwu Benjamin Ezeohagwu

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Nobel laureate, professor Wole Soyinka
Nobel laureate, professor Wole Soyinka

Wole Soyinka at 86.

Happy 86th Birthday,

to our very own,

Prof. Akinwande Oluwole

Babatunde Soyinka,

Better known as

Prof. Wole Soyinka.

You have come

of more than age

at 86,

a hallmark of literary ingenuity,

woven in theatrical creativity,

May your evolvement

be through in closing cycle

of return,

from sphere of this turning point, upwards!

when it will be.

You have come

of more than age

at 86,

a huge

human resource,

inestimably

of unusual pedigree,

May your evolvement

be through in closing cycle

of return,

from sphere of this

turning point, upwards!

when it will be.

You have come

of more than age

at 86,

Heroism personified

in iconic activist

audacity, definitely grown,

May your evolvement

be through in closing cycle

of return,

from sphere of this

turning point, upwards!

when it will be.

You have come

of more than age

at 86,

an epitome

of Nigerian nationalist,

political activist,

and global personage,

May your evolvement

be through in closing cycle

of return,

 from sphere of this,

 turning point, upwards!

when it will be.

You have come

of more than age

at 86,

an aesthetic

speech prowess, so unique

in candour, and thorough

expressiveness,

May your evolvement

be through in closing cycle

of return,

from sphere of this

turning point, upwards!

when it will be.

You have come

of more than age

at 86,

a goldmine

of archives, arts, libraries,

exhaustive in themes,

contents, and performances,

May your evolvement

be through in closing cycle

of return,

from sphere of this

turning point, upwards!

when it will be.

You have come

of more than age

at 86,

an enhanced

gargantuan

of intellectually whitish-grey

 upstairs,

but wish its intuitively

much balanced, so my thought!

May your evolvement

be through in closing cycle

of return,

from sphere of this

turning point, upwards!

when it will be.

Ben Ezeohagwu won the Onigraffiks Prize for literature (2017). He is Professor of Graphonomy and Chancellor, African American University, Porto-Novo, Republic of Benin and can be reached at email: benezeohagwu@yahoo.com; www.africanamericanuniversity.org; 08173175540.

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