Patrick Obahiagbon Wins Nobel Prize for Literature

Posted on October 6, 2010

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Oslo. Nigerian politician and verbal permutationist Patrick Obahiagbon (Oredo Federal constituency in Edo state) has become the second Nigerian to win the coveted Nobel Prize for Literature. He was announced this morning in Oslo in an announcement that took the whole world but Nigeria, his primary constituency, by surprise. The representative who has become the literal voice of the House of Representative in time of crises and national attention was praised by the Nobel Academy for his “ouvre of verbal gymnastics that stretch the limits of rhyme, reason and sensibilities to create something that is both an art and a wonder across generational boundaries.”

Never having published any book of repute to be referenced in the citation, a public relations officer of the Nobel Academy who spoke on condition of anonymity said that the choice of Obahiagbon out of thousand of names considered for this year’s honour was unanimous. “Nothing,” he said, “could mark the occasion of the death of the book as we know it, and the evolution of language in the world, than the choice of the Nigerian.” The other Nigerian who has ever won the award was Wole Soyinka who was so laureled in 1986.

There was joy and excitement in the Nigerian House of Representative today as soon as the news broke. The Speaker of the House Mr Dimeji Bankole could not hide his joy. “Much like last year, the Nobel Academy has deemed it fit to award its prestigious prize to a sitting politician and we are glad.” He said. The awardee Patrick Obahiagbon also popularly referred to as Igodo Migodo could not be immediately reached for comment, but his twitter page @HonPatrickO has been busy since the announcement was made. His most comprehensive comment read: “Today was a salubrious occasion of gigantic ramifications. I am salutiferously overghasted.”

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