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Monday, December 17, 2018

I Will No Longer Accept Honorary Degree, I am Done With It - Soyinka

The Nobel Laureate, Prof Wole Soyinka on Friday said he was done with the conferment of Honorary awards on him.

He said this while receiving an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Letters at the convocation
ceremony of the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta.
“This is an institution where in the same town and state is where I took my first steps to learning.
So it is symmetrical, it is a closure. I said this is symbolical way to end my teaching career. But
there is one thing which I thought that suppose this is the last honorary degree I receive from
anywhere, what a beautiful closure it is” he said.
“The reason I am announcing it now is because I can always use you, this institution, this town,

all the royalties present, the students will hear, as a witness to this day, that the next time I am
invited to accept any honorary degree, I will politely decline. I would say I have made a promise
not to accept anymore”.
“So this is it, no more. I cannot think of a more appropriate place to say this is the last honor I
am receiving from anywhere. This is it and you all are witness to it”



Ogochukwu Hariet Onyeabor

It is his choice
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Endy Edeson

Hariet, because he has received many degrees and tired. Young people or anyone looking for success will never make this statement. He is already successful and has seen it all.
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Ogochukwu Hariet Onyeabor

You have a point.

It's the best decision for him, if only every elderly person can reason like that.

Olayiwola Daniel

His he the only one ni

Endy Edeson

@Hariet & Daniel: You guys are right. I think the message is clear from Soyinka. He is indirectly telling them to start giving such awards to young scholars.

Salako Saint's Stephen

I just dey pass

Tee Ruby

He is not greedy. Let the young grow too

Anuforo Osinachi James

Give me ooo...

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