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    Govt has declared war against the arts, says Soyinka on amended NBC code

Govt has declared war against the arts, says Soyinka on amended NBC code

Wole Soyinka, playwright and Nobel laureate, has described the amended 6th broadcasting code by the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) as an "economic sabotage".  In a statement on Tuesday, Soyinka said it is better for the government to admit its war on "arts and its producers instead of its tactics of slowly weakening the sector". The NBC had reviewed some parts of the [...]

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    Netflix partners Mo Abudu for film adaptation of Soyinka, Shoneyin’s books

Netflix partners Mo Abudu for film adaptation of Soyinka, Shoneyin’s books

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    COVID-19: Trust doctors, scientists — not fiction writers like Soyinka, says Garba Shehu

COVID-19: Trust doctors, scientists — not fiction writers like Soyinka, says Garba Shehu

Garba Shehu, senior special assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on media and publicity, has called on Nigerians to disregard Nobel laureate Wole Soyinka's reservations on the lockdown in Lagos, Abuja and Ogun states.  Shehu said Soyinka's qualifications are in English literature and not medicine or science, stating that he does not qualify to be judged as a professional on the outbreak [...]

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    ‘We are not at war’ — Soyinka tackles Buhari for locking down Abuja, Lagos

‘We are not at war’ — Soyinka tackles Buhari for locking down Abuja, Lagos

Wole Soyinka, playwright and Nobel laureate, has questioned President Muhammadu Buhari's decision to lock down Lagos, Ogun and Abuja amid the coronavirus outbreak. In a statement on Monday, Soyinka said Nigeria is not in a war, demanding answers on whether Buhari has such powers to declare the curfew. In his nationwide broadcast on Sunday, the president announced restriction of movement in the two [...]

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    Soyinka to Ganduje: The man you think you humiliated is one of the greatest reformers

Soyinka to Ganduje: The man you think you humiliated is one of the greatest reformers

Wole Soyinka, playwright and Nobel laureate, says Abdullahi Ganduje, governor of Kano state, lack friends who could have advised him against the dethronement of Muhammadu Sanusi II.  On Monday, the government of Kano sacked Sanusi as emir of Kano, and also sent him into exile in Awe, Nasarawa state.  Reacting, Soyinka narrated how a monarch in his home state of Ogun was [...]

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    Court orders Malami to pay Sowore N200,000 for delaying trial

Court orders Malami to pay Sowore N200,000 for delaying trial

Ijeoma Ojukwu, judge of a federal high court in Abuja has ordered Abubakar Malami, attorney-general of the federation (AGF), to pay a cost of N200,000 to Omoyele Sowore and Olawale Bakare, his co-defendant. The judge said the cost is the consequence of the prosecution's attempt to delay the trial. At the court session on Wednesday, Aliyu Halilu, prosecution lawyer, said the charges [...]

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    PHOTOS: Soyinka, Shehu Sani in court for Sowore

PHOTOS: Soyinka, Shehu Sani in court for Sowore

Wole Soyinka, Nobel laureate, and Shehu Sani are at a federal high court in Abuja to show support for Omoleye Sowore as his trial continues. Sowore, convener of RevolutionNow Movement and Olawale Bakare, his co-accused, are standing trial on seven counts of treasonable felony and cyber-stalking. See pictures below. [...]

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    Soyinka, Shehu Sani in court for Sowore’s trial 

Soyinka, Shehu Sani in court for Sowore’s trial 

Wole Soyinka, Nobel laureate, and Shehu Sani are at a federal high court in Abuja to witness the trial of Omoyele Sowore, convener of RevolutionNow Movement. Soyinka arrived about 8:50am, five minutes before Sowore arrived at the court. Sowore and Olawale Bakare, his co-accused, are standing trial on seven counts of treasonable felony, fraud, cyber-stalking and of insulting the president. He was arrested by the [...]

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    ‘Amotekun’ has come to stay, Soyinka tackles FG

‘Amotekun’ has come to stay, Soyinka tackles FG

Wole Soyinka, Nobel laureate, says "Amotekun", the regional security outfit in the south-west, has come to stay. Abubakar Malami, attorney-general of the federation, had described the outfit as illegal, saying security remains the exclusive preserve of the federal government. But at a press conference in Lagos on Wednesday, Soyinka expressed shock that the federal government could take such a position. "Our responsibility as [...]

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    Soyinka on insecurity: I had given up on south-west governors until launch of ‘Amotekun’

Soyinka on insecurity: I had given up on south-west governors until launch of ‘Amotekun’

Wole Soyinka, Nobel laureate, has described the south-west regional security outfit as an unexpected New Year present. On Thursday, governors of the south-west states launched Amotekun, the Western Nigeria Security Network (WNSN), in Ibadan, Oyo state. The six state governors had constituted the outfit to tackle challenges of insecurity, including kidnapping and banditry in the region. Speaking in Lagos at an event to [...]

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    I’m a victim of fake news but I don’t support hate speech bill, says Soyinka

I’m a victim of fake news but I don’t support hate speech bill, says Soyinka

Wole Soyinka, Nobel laureate, says the hate speech bill will limit free speech. Soyinka said this on Monday while speaking at a summit to mark the United Nations International Anti- Corruption Day in Abuja. The professor said the proposed law will curtail the possibility of having an open society and put Nigerians "in a slave plantation". He said he would not support the [...]

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    Isine Ibanga wins Wole Soyinka investigative journalist of the year award

Isine Ibanga wins Wole Soyinka investigative journalist of the year award

Isine Ibanga, a correspondent with The Next Edition, an online newspaper, has won the 2019 Wole Soyinka investigative journalist award. The award was conferred on Ibanga at the 14th edition of the Wole Soyinka award for investigative reporting on Monday in Lagos. His report, "INVESTIGATION: How bribe taking security operatives, gangs force Nigerians to pay dearly for food", also won the online [...]

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    President-General Buhari should control his wild dogs, says Soyinka on DSS’ rearrest of  Sowore

President-General Buhari should control his wild dogs, says Soyinka on DSS’ rearrest of Sowore

Wole Soyinka, Nobel laureate, has described the Department of State Services (DSS) as a pack of "wild dogs of disobedience". In a statement on Friday, Soyinka described the rearrest of Omoyele Sowore, convener of #RevolutionNow movement, as a degradation of the judiciary. On Friday, operatives of the DSS rearrested Sowore and Olawale Bakare at the federal high court in Abuja less than [...]

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    I concluded cancer treatment five years ago, says Soyinka

I concluded cancer treatment five years ago, says Soyinka

Wole Soyinka, Nobel laureate, says he has successfully concluded his cancer treatment. The literary icon was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2014 when he went for a routine checkup. In an interview with BBC,Soyinka had recounted his journey battling the disease, which was discovered in its early stage. Many had reacted to the reports on the scholar's experience with cancer. But in s statement [...]

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    Soyinka: How my wife reacted when I was diagnosed with cancer

Soyinka: How my wife reacted when I was diagnosed with cancer

Wole Soyinka, Nobel laureate, says his journey battling cancer has been uncomfortable but easy.  The literary icon was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2014 when he went for a routine checkup. Speaking to BBC, Soyinka said the disease was discovered in its early stage so it was easy to control and treat. He said he "wasn't going to be a very good patient" [...]

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    ‘Is it now cool to kill?’ — Soyinka writes n’assembly over ‘hate speech’ bill

‘Is it now cool to kill?’ — Soyinka writes n’assembly over ‘hate speech’ bill

Wole Soyinka, Nobel laureate, says the national assembly is attempting to silence the voice of criticism with the introduction of the bill on hate speech. A week after the senate introduced a bill to regulate social media, the senate reintroduced another bill seeking to establish a commission for the prohibition hate speech in the country. The bill prescribed death by hanging for [...]

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