Wole Soyinka, Nobel laureate Dead?

Wole Soyinka, Nobel laureate Dead?


On Monday, an account supposedly belonging to Abdulrazak Gurnar, winner of the 2021 Nobel prize for literature, said Soyinka is dead.

“I got a call from Nigeria. Wole Soyinka died suddenly a few minutes ago. A terrible news,” the post read.

The first red flag was the use of a countable noun article for “news” — “a… news”.

Grammatically, “news” is uncountable and a Nobel laureate would know that.

The post garnered over 150 retweets and 250 likes in a short while.

This tweet has since been deleted

But when TheCable contacted his family, Ilemakin, his son, laughed it off.

During my short exchange with Prof Abdulrazak Gurnah a few minutes ago, he stated, "I am NOT a @Twitter user."

Please take note. https://t.co/t8TSIY2POV

— Lọlá Shónẹ́yìn (@lolashoneyin) October 9, 2021

The post about Soyinka’s “death” attracted numerous comments from users, some expressing their condolences but many contended that the news is fake and the account does not belong to Gurnah.

All posts on the page have been deleted.


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