Nigerian Nobel Prize Winners – Who Are They?

Not every Nigerian is concern with issues like Nigerian Nobel Prize winners when the issue of hunger and survival is still top priority.

The majority of youths in the country today is all about the fake life and temporary escapes that is were smoking, alcohol and various substance abuse.

The reading culture is almost dead in the country and the future leaders are now today’s menace to society.

Which means we have a teeming population of youths that are up to no good.

And with a society that hardly rewards academic excellence or efforts it is not surprising that more and more youths are taking the route of street credibility and the consequent chaos that follow from behind.

Wole Soyinka is no longer a popular name in majority of the young circles that we have today.

Music, drugs and sexual decadence is now the rite of passage unlike our time when reading books was seen as the only way to a sane tomorrow.

But i guess the system failed us all because even the book worms are beginning to loose it.

But they are still those who are interested in the intellectual realm because they themselves are bookworms hoping to one day reach a certain height of intellectual acclaim.

And as Nigerians they want to find out if it is possible.

And how!

But the question of who these Nigerian Nobel Prize winners are is not a well formed question.

Because we only have just one winner. Who is in fact the first African to win the Nobel Prize.

So they question should be “who is Nigerian Nobel prize winner?”.

And the winner is “WOLE SOYINKA“.

A professor of Comparative Literature (1975 to 1999) at the Obafemi Awolowo University, then called the University of Ife.

Who was later made professor emeritus when civilian rule was restored to Nigeria in 1999.

He was awarded the 1986 Nobel Prize in Literature, the first African to be honoured in that category.

On the heels of winning the Nobel Prize he was described as one “who in a wide cultural perspective and with poetic overtones fashions the drama of existence”. Nigerian Nobel Prize Winners

10th of December 1986. From L to R; Wole Soyinka (Nobel Prize for Literature) with his first son, Olaokun Soyinka and Their Majesties Queen Silvia and King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden, at the Nobel banquet. Photo: SvensktPressfoto AB Reed Way Dasenbrock writes that the award of the Nobel Prize in Literature to Soyinka is “likely to prove quite controversial and thoroughly deserved”.

He also notes that “it is the first Nobel Prize awarded to an African writer or to any writer from the ‘new literatures’ in English that have emerged in the former colonies of the British Empire.”

So you see, it is more about the Nigerian Nobel Prize winner and not “winners”.

Unless you are planning on becoming the next Nigerian winner. And it doesn’t matter what category you fall into, be it literature and science.

Just know, that any Nigerian that eventually goes on to win a Nobel Prize outside of Wole Soyinka becomes a national icon and treasure. Nigerian Nobel Prize Winners Wole Soyinka’s speech at the Nobel Banquet, December 10, 1986

Your Majesties, Ladies and Gentlemen, It was inevitable that the Nordic world and the African, especially that part of it which constitutes the Yoruba world – should meet at the crossroads of Sweden. That I am the agent of such a symbolic encounter is due very simply to that my creative Muse is Ogun, the god of creativity and destruction, of the lyric and metallurgy. This deity anticipated your scientist Alfred Nobel at the very beginning of time by clearing a path through primordial chaos, dynamiting his way through the core of earth to open a route for his fellow deities who sought to be reunited with us, mortals. I covered that event for my publishers – well, taking a few poetic licences, naturally – under the title IDANRE. You may have run into that reportage which has been translated into Swedish under the title, OGUN SKUGGA. If you have not, I recommend that you proceed to the nearest bookseller for this piece of pre-history which makes Ogun, very definitively, the progenitor of your great inventor, Alfred Nobel. I urge this especially because, if you happened to take a casual walk through the streets, or peer into the hotel lobbies of Stockholm, you might get the impression that my nation, Nigeria, has tried to solve some of its many problems by shifting half its population surreptitiously to Sweden. I assure you, however, that they have merely come to satisfy a natural curiosity about the true nationality of this inventor. For they cannot understand why their Ogun should have transferred such a potent secret to a Swede rather than to his Yoruba descendants. The mountains of Sweden are a tempting habitat for this deity, we know, but the Swedish winter and long midnights are hardly congenial to his temperament. And while the local acqua-vitae might help to infuse some warmth into his tropical joints, we do know that he tends to stick to his favourite palm wine. Some day, I suppose, we will unravel this mystery. In the meantime, however, we will content ourselves with saluting the vision which made our presence here today a positive event, since it was Alfred Nobel’s hope that the humanistic conversion, even of the most terrible knowledge, can improve the quality of life for mankind. That also is the lesson of Ogun, that essence of the warring duality of human nature. And we join in the endeavour that the lyric face of that demiurge will triumph in our time, snaring for all time that elusive bird – peace – on our planet earth.

I hope this piece on Nigerian Nobel Prize winners was both entertaining and educative. Like i earlier said it is not about winners but ‘a winner‘. Source: 1,

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