Lagos At 50: Soyinka thoroughly deserves appointment, says Gbadamosi

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PIX 0626 R-L: Co-Chairman, Committee for Lagos @ 50, Chief Rasheed Gbadamosi; Special Adviser to the Governor on Lagos Global & member of the Committee, Prof. Ademola Abass; members, Sarah Boulos  and Commissioner for Tourism, Arts & Culture, Mr. Folorunsho Folarin Coker during a media briefing by the Committee in Lagos, on Tuesday, May 10, 2016

PIX 0626 R-L: Co-Chairman, Committee for Lagos @ 50, Chief Rasheed Gbadamosi; Special Adviser to the Governor on Lagos Global & member of the Committee, Prof. Ademola Abass; members, Sarah Boulos and Commissioner for Tourism, Arts & Culture, Mr. Folorunsho Folarin Coker during a media briefing by the Committee in Lagos, on Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Co-Chairman of the Lagos At 50 Committee, Chief Rasheed Gbadamosi on Tuesday gave credence to the appointment of Nobel Laureate, Professor Wole Soyinka to Co-Chair the Committee, saying his clout of experience will come in handy to ensure a worthwhile celebration of the State.

Gbadamosi who spoke to journalists shortly after a meeting of the Committee, said the controversy surrounding his (Soyinka) appointment was unnecessary, adding that Soyinka is not only an authority in the field of arts, but has become a celebrated symbol across the world.

His words: “The excitement about our chairman, I hoped it has died down. Nothing warranted it because Prof Soyinka is an elder particularly in the field of the arts. He has done marvelous things in the field giving the effect to why he is being celebrated in our society and there could not have been a more celebrating occurrence or anything attributed to him than his winning the Nobel Prize for literature”.

It would be recalled that a group called Eko Foundation had raised eyebrow concerning Soyinka’s appointment as Co-Chair of the Lagos At 50 Committee on the ground that he is not an indigene of Lagos.

But Gbadamosi said, “It does not matter what state in Nigeria that you would attach him to. In terms of performance and excellence, the fact that the Governor of Lagos State felt he merited being made the Chairman of Lagos At 50 Committee is a testimony to the great and the good of the …Read More

Source:: PM Newspaper