BREAKING: Wole Soyinka is not dead, says son

October 11, 2021
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Wole Soyinka, Nobel laureate, is alive.

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

This tweet has since been deleted

“The rumour has been going round since last week. Soyinka is alive when last I checked,” Mr Soyinka’s son said.

The account which made the post was created in August 2021 and already has 14,000 followers.

In announcing Gurnah’s Nobel prize win on Friday, 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.

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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