Bola Ige,Wole Soyinka and India: Interesting developments

By Augustine Togonu-Bickersteth, London, England

Bola Ige was Head Boy Ibadan Grammar School and his Classmate Akin L Mabogunje who became a world renowned Development expert, was born October 18 1931 and honoured as one of the top 100 Nigerians since 1914

A.P.J .Kalam 11th President of India, was born October 15 1931. Kalam advocated plans to turn India into a developed nation by 2020 in his book India 2020. He has received several prestigious awards, including india"s highest civilian Award

India is the first country visited by Bola Ige
Like Mahatma Gandhi, Bola Ige studied at the University College London,was a lawyer and was assasinated.In his Autobiography, Kaduna Boy, Ige revealed" When Gandhi was assasinated, I had three days of excruciating mental agony"

Bola Ige describes Wole Soyinka as one of his two best friends..

Wole Soyinka it was who influenced Louis Gates to study Literature..Henry Louis Gates, Jr., is the Alphonse Fletcher University Professor and Director of the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research at Harvard .

Louis Gates was born September 16 1950..Current Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi was born September 17 1950.

Bola Ige it was who announced the passing away of Oba Adesoji Aderemi , Ooni of Ife ,born November 151889 and first Indian Prime Minister, Pandit Nehru was born November 14 1889. Nehru and Aderemi both met with British Prime Minister, Winston Churchill and Queen Elizabeth of England

In His Autobiography, Kaduna Boy, Bola Ige revealed" When Nehru became Prime Minister, I was ashappy as if I was An Indian.Aderemi"s Daughter ,Tejumade Alakija was made Nigeria"s first woman Head of Service by Bola Ige then Governor of Oyo state

By Augustine Togonu-Bickersteth, London, England