Nobel Laureate, Professor Wole Soyinka, has received a Lifetime Achievement award

It was conferred on him by the Institute of African Studies, University of Nigeria Nsukka (UNN) during the 2nd Memorial Chinua Achebe International Conference, organised by the Institute. 

After he received the award, he expressed his appreciation, saying his sense of belonging is re-ignited.  

“I  am happy on  the turnout of people and  the award, it has  re-ignited my sense of belonging in UNN.

"I consider myself part and parcel of this university, I will always identify with UNN wherever I find myself,” he said.

The Nobel Laureate commended the natural green environment of UNN, as it was not achieved by bulldozer but natural environment.

”In many places it is bulldozer that dictates the architecture of the environment, but here it is natural.

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”I congratulate the university management, especially the vice-chancellor and urge them to continue to maintain this natural environment,” he said.

Professor Benjamin Ozumba, the Vice-Chancellor of UNN, who spoke, commended the Institute for attracting a world literary giant whose contributions to literature remained unquantifiable. 

“The university is happy that a Nobel Laureate who is a world literary icon is in UNN today live.

“UNN will continue to honour late Prof. Chinue Achebe through the annual memorial lecture as his literary achievements made UNN a household name in every part of the world,’’ he said.