Nigeria’s governor of Ogun state, Ibikunle Amosun, has stated his concern regarding lack of quality role models for the youth in the modern era.
In his speech that was read by his Special Assistant on Media (Print) Sola Balogun, Amosun urged the nation’s youth to aspire to become international intellectual figure like Soyinka, whom he described as an “international and intellectual Icon” that attained the feat through literary works.
Amosun stated: “the nice things about Ogun State we are bringing them forward so that the younger ones can learn something positive from them. Our youth can challenge themselves to be like Wole Soyinka who was once a youth. “You can study to be an international figure. The problem we have now is that we are becoming more and more bereft of quality role models for the youths but all hope is not lost for Nigeria. We can still pick good role models for yourself, and in the interest of the family, state and the country.”
Balogun represented Amosun at an event that marked Wole Soyinka’s 80th birthday ceremony in Abeokuta, the state capital. The event featured spelling competition, debate, reading contests among selected secondary school students.