Winners in 2020 Wole Soyinka Essay Competition emerge July 14

The prize announcement ceremony for winners in the international essay competition of the 11th Wole Soyinka International Cultural Exchange (WSICE) holds on Tuesday, July 14 via Zoom, the organisers have said. A statement by the organisers said the competition, which…

Sanusi’s dethronement: Full text of Wole Soyinka’s statement

Prof. Wole Soyinka has weighed in on the recent dethronement of Sanusi Lamido Sanusi as Emir of Kano. Please find below the full test of the Nobel Laureate’s statement: FOR WHOM THE GATES OPEN WIDE These are depressing times –…

Tragedy begins when fears are mistaken or promoted as facts – Wole Soyinka

Professor Wole Soyinka has warned that tragedy, especially for nations, often begins when fears are mistaken or promoted as facts. The Nobel Laureate was responding to a statement on the Operation Amotekun security outfit birthed by southern governors credited to…

A timely lesson on basic court manners from Wole Soyinka

A few years ago, I watched the video of a pack of the famed African wild dogs hunt, eventually bring down, and proceed to devour a quarry. It was an impala, antelope family. The pack isolated the most vulnerable looking…

Wole Soyinka and the “Cancer of Illiteracy”

Here we go again! I have not seen the final presentation of a BBC feature programme on Health Awareness in which my 2014 experience with cancer was featured, but have been bombarded by narratives of the most disquieting nature, distortions…

Is it now cool to kill?: An anguished letter to Nigerian lawmakers – Wole Soyinka

My dear Honourables, I hope you will excuse me for distracting you from your onerous duties, but I am a current sufferer – and I am not alone  – from a persistent nightmare. That affliction has been induced by your…

Sowore, human rights and the rule of law – Wole Soyinka

It should become abundantly clear by now that Civil Society organisations, committed to the entrenchment of the Rule of Law and the defence of fundamental human rights must come together. This is not a new cry. They must meet, debate,…

Wole Soyinka: Timeless Memories: Elastic Effects @#LABAF2019

 An illustrative Art, Video Installation and installation project on Professor Wole Soyinka at 85 will take place during this year’s edition of the Lagos Book and Art Festival (LABAF). The celebration project is based on the life of Wole Soyinka,…

Nigerians are the baba of world literature – Uzor Maxim Uzoatu

A lot of bad blokes out there write many bad things about Nigeria. I don’t like that at all. Nigeria is very cool by me. The politicians may go wrong. The business goons can cut corners. The youths have given…

#Labaf2019 – Wole Soyinka: Timeless Memories: Elastic Effects Art Project (Celebrating Wole Soyinka @85)

How did Akinwande Oluwole Babatunde Soyinka become Wole Soyinka and how did Wole Soyinka become WS the hoary haired mythical figure of today? The Wole Soyinka: Timeless Memories: Elastic Effects Art Project seeks to help understand and showcase from the…

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