Former Stoke City Winger, Jermaine Pennant Signs For Bury

Stoke City, Jermaine Pennant, BuryFormer Stoke City winger, Jermaine Pennant, on Thursday put pen to paper on a contract that will see him wear a Bury shirt for the remainder of the current season.

The Shakers, who confirmed the deal on their website, described the former Arsenal player as one “with Premier League, Europa League and Champions League experience, (and) who has commanded transfer fees of over £10 million”.

The 33-year-old began his career with Notts County in 1998 where he quickly progressed to earn a £2 million move to Arsenal in the January 1999 transfer window.

After five years at the Emirates, where he was loaned out to clubs such as Watford, Leeds and Birmingham City, he was eventually signed by Liverpool for a fee that was reported to be £6.7 million.

At Anfield, Jermaine also had time with Portsmouth on loan, before leaving to join Spanish side Real Zaragoza.

Following a two-year spell in Spain, he returned to join Stoke City with another £2 million fee being paid for his services.

Jermaine also spent time with Wigan and Wolves before heading abroad to play in India and Singapore.

He recently returned to the UK, training with Bury for a number of weeks before being offered, and accepting a short-term deal with the club.

During his career, Jermaine has made over 360 appearances, scoring 22 goals.

Jermaine will take squad number 38 while with Bury, as they wait on International Clearance before he can wear his first Shakers shirt.

Wole Soyinka is 78 today

Play writer, Nobel Laureate and Poet , Prof. Wole Soyinka turns 78 today.

Wole Soyinka was born on 13 July 1934 at Abeokuta, near Ibadan in western Nigeria.

After preparatory university studies in 1954 at Government College in Ibadan, he continued at the University of Leeds, where later in 1973 he took his doctorate.

During the six years spent in England, he was a dramaturgist at the Royal Court Theatre in London 1958-1959. In 1960, he was awarded a Rockefeller bursary and returned to Nigeria to study African drama.

During the civil war in Nigeria, Soyinka appealed in an article for cease-fire, for this he was arrested in 1967, accused of conspiring with the Biafra rebels, and was held as a political prisoner for 22 months until 1969. Soyinka has published about 20 works: drama, novels and poetry. He writes in English and his literary language is marked by great scope and richness of words.

Soyinka has been influenced by, among others, the Irish writer, J.M. Synge, but links up with the traditional popular African Theatre with its combination of dance, music, and action.

He bases his writing on the mythology of his own tribe-the Yoruba-with Ogun, the god of iron and war, at the center. He wrote his first plays during his time in London.

Soyinka’s poems, which show a close connection to his plays, are collected in Idanre, and Other Poems (1967), Poems from Prison (1969), A Shuttle in the Crypt (1972) the long poem Ogun Abibiman (1976) and Mandela’s Earth and Other Poems (1988).