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…

* Army’s claims on ‘error’ killing of policemen are untrue – police (Guardian) * Eid-el-Kabir: FAAN strengthens airport security (Punch)

Army’s claims on ‘error’ killing of policemen are untrue – police (Guardian) The Nigerian Police Force has said the claims by the Nigerian troop on the killing of three policemen and one civilian is an “obvious distortion of facts.” Police’s…

Surely, not again!!! – Wole Soyinka

Deployment of alarmist expressions such as “treason”, “anarchist”, “public incitement” etc. by Security forces have become so predictable and banal that they have become meaningless. Beyond the word ‘revolution’, another much misused and misunderstood word, nothing that (Omoyele) Sowore has…

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