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“The News Of My Dad’s Death Is Not True,” – Says Soyinka’s Son

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The rumoured death of Professor Wole Soyinka, a Nigerian Playwright, Essayist, novelist and poet had been debunked by his son.
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The rumoured death of Professor Wole Soyinka, a Nigerian Playwright, Essayist, novelist and poet had been debunked by his son.

The death was according to reports broadcasted via a Facebook page belonging to one Abdurazak Gunak, Winner of the 2021 Nobel Prize in Literature.

“I got a call from Nigeria. Wole Soyinka died suddenly a few minutes ago. A terrible news,” the post on Monday, October 11 read.

But some sceptical Twitter users were quick to discover some lies.

The first confusion in the statement was the use of countable noun to qualify news _ a news.

Grammatically, news is not countable and such should be clear to a Nobel Laureate.

The post which gathered not less than 150 retweets and 250 like, made some expressed their condolences.

“The rumour has been going round since last week. Soyinka is alive when last I checked,” he said to THECableNg.

The account already has 14,000 followers.

In announcing Gurnah’s Nobel prize win on Friday, the BBC had tagged the fake account, but Lola Shoneyin, Nigerian author, quoted the tweet, pointing out that Gurnah is not Twitter user.

“During my short exchange with Prof Abdulrazak Gurnah a few minutes ago, he stated, I am not a Twitter user. Please take note,” the post reads.

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