Monday, 15 July 2013

RUMOUR CONTROL:I didn't grduate with a third class as widely beileved-Prof.Wole Soyinka

Nobel Laureate, Professor Wole Soyinka, on Sunday (july 14),said he did not graduate with a third class as widely believed, while answering questions from 79 secondary school students drawn from different parts of the country, in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital, as part of 2013 Open Door Series project, “Memoirs of Our Future,” an international cultural exchange programme organised to mark his 79th birthday.

Soyinka told the students that he graduated with Second Class Upper Division and not Third Class Honour from the University College, Ibadan, as widely speculated, adding that he decided to open up on the matter as a mark of respect for them, while urging the students, especially those living in violence-prone areas of the North, not to be discouraged by the activities of Boko Haram.

He admonished the students not to be satisfied with failure, but to strive to be the best in all their undertakings, while tasking President Goodluck Jonathan-led Federal Government and state governors to eliminate barriers and create conducive environment for Nigerians to access qualitative education.

The literary icon enjoined the students not to be discouraged by certain negative events, but should rather draw inspiration from the life of a 16-year-old Pakistani girl, Malala Yousafzai, who was shot in the head on October 9, 2012 by Taliban fighters over her campaign for girl-child education in Pakistan.

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