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Wole Soyinka Bags Cambridge Varsity Honorary Degree

One of the most prestigious honours in the world, the Cambridge varsity honorary degree was on Wednesday, conferred on Nobel Laureate, Professor Wole Soyinka, alongside nine others “who have made outstanding achievements in their respective fields,” the varsity’s official site noted.

 Other recipients Recipients of the Cambridge’s honorary degree, aside Soyinka, include Ghanian philosopher, Professor Kwame Appiah; literary scholar, Professor Henry Louis Gates Jr, Developmental Biologist, Professor Edith Heard; Music Composer, Dr Judith Weir; and a Commander of the Order of the British Empire, Dr Ali Smith.

The ceremony, which took place at the varsity’s Senate House had over four hundred staff, students and guests in attendance.

Chancellor of the varsity, Lord Sainsbury of Turville, presided over the ceremony, which was conducted in Latin and English.

Soyinka, who is a playwright, poet, novelist and political activist, won the prestigious Nobel Prize in Literature in 1986.

He has held visiting appointments at higher institutions in Cambridge, Legon, Atlanta, and Yale.

Culled/ Olaitan Oye-Adeitan

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