The presidential candidate of KOWA Party in the upcoming 2015 general elections, Remi Sonaiya, has visited Nobel Laureate, Wole Soyinka, at his Freedom Park office in Lagos, Premium Times reports.
While thanking Professor Soyinka for making time to receive her, Professor Sonaiya reminded him that their last face-to-face meeting had taken place several decades ago at Cornell University, USA, while Soyinka was a visiting professor at the institution.
It was a happy ‘reunion’ and a meeting of intellectuals as Professor Peyi Soyinka-Airewele, daughter of the Nobel Laureate, was also present.
Sonaiya, the first woman to ever qualify as a presidential candidate in Nigeria, used the occasion of her visit to sincerely thank Soyinka for his immense contribution to Nigeria over the years and the personal sacrifices he had made on account of the nation.
The online newspaper reports that she then presented to the Nobel Laureate three of her books: A Trust to Earn: Reflections on Leadership and Life in Nigeria (2010); Igniting Consciousness: Nigeria and Other Riddles (2013); and Daybreak Nigeria: This Nation Must Rise! (2014).
The short visit was rounded off with Soyinka conducting the presidential candidate and her team around the Freedom Park, once the actual site of a colonial prison, and where a very important part of our national history is currently preserved.
During Sonaiya March 17 visit, Soyinka appreciated Governor Babatunde Fashola, who readily accepted the proposal to transform that historical space into a memorial and meeting place of ideas.