Friday, February 22, 2019

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    Soyinka endorses Moghalu — after rejecting Buhari, Atiku

Soyinka endorses Moghalu — after rejecting Buhari, Atiku

Wole Soyinka, foremost playwright, says he and Citizen Forum, a group convened by him, are supporting the bid of Kingsley Moghalu, presidential candidate of Young Progressive Party (YPP).Soyinka said this in a statement on Friday.The development is coming days after the scholar said he would not support either President Muhammadu Buhari or Atiku Abubakar, presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic [...]

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    Soyinka accuses Obasanjo of rewarding Bola Ige’s killers

Soyinka accuses Obasanjo of rewarding Bola Ige’s killers

Wole Soyinka, Nobel laureate, has accused former President Olusegun Obasanjo of protecting and rewarding killers of Bola Ige, former minister of justice and attorney-general of the federation.In a statement on Tuesday titled “Trivialise corruption, Neutralise justice", Soyinka said the Nigerian government had refused the offer of assistance from the United States to bring the killers to justice.The Noble laureate lamented [...]

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    Soyinka on leaked tapes: Amaechi didn’t insult Buhari

Soyinka on leaked tapes: Amaechi didn’t insult Buhari

Wole Soyinka, literary scholar, made reference to the leaked tapes purportedly from Rotimi Amaechi, minister of transportation, while speaking on fake news on Wednesday.Soyinka, who was a panelist at a conference on fake news organised by the BBC, said the minister did not insult President Muhammadu Buhari in the tapes as was insinuated.Phrank Shaibu, an aide of Atiku Abubakar, presidential [...]

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    Police propose fake news prohibition act

Police propose fake news prohibition act

The Nigeria police force has proposed a fake news prohibition act in the country.The police made the proposal on Wednesday during a conference on countering fake news organised by the BBC world service in Abuja.But some experts at the programme including Wole Soyinka, Nobel Laureate, argued that rather than introduce a new law to fight fake news, existing ones should [...]

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    OBITUARY: Oluwole, the scholar who abandoned English for Philosophy for the fear of Soyinka

OBITUARY: Oluwole, the scholar who abandoned English for Philosophy for the fear of Soyinka

BY KAZEEM FAYEMIAbosede Olayemi Sophie Oluwole was born in 1935 in Igbara-Oke, Ondo state into an Anglican family. Her father was baptized in 1912 while her mother’s baptism came in 1915 shortly before her marriage. Both parents were from Edo state. Contrary to popular opprobrium that Oluwole is a Yoruba given her prominence as a leading figure in Yoruba Philosophy, she [...]

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    OBITUARY: Ikeogu Oke, the exceptional wordsmith who wrote a poem for 27 years

OBITUARY: Ikeogu Oke, the exceptional wordsmith who wrote a poem for 27 years

Among the army of poets that Africa boasts of, Ikeogu Oke is one of the new generation wordsmiths whose repertoire of poems will captivate the mind of the most critical aesthete.A writer and former journalist, Oke died of an undisclosed ailment at the National Hospital in Abuja on Saturday.The 51-year-old was well known for his fervour and love for the arts, [...]

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    John Momoh, Waziri Adio to be honoured at 13th Wole Soyinka Award

John Momoh, Waziri Adio to be honoured at 13th Wole Soyinka Award

John Momoh, chairman of Channels Media Group and Waziri Adio, executive secretary of the Nigeria Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (NEITI), will be honoured at the 13th edition of the Wole Soyinka Award for Investigative Reporting.Momoh who is also the chairman of the Broadcasting Organisation of Nigeria (BON) will be honoured with the lifetime award for journalistic excellence for his “noteworthy [...]

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    Soyinka to Buhari: Rulers who tried to annul rule of law paid heavily

Soyinka to Buhari: Rulers who tried to annul rule of law paid heavily

Wole Soyinka, Nobel laureate, says those who tried to alter the rule of law paid heavily for this.The literary scholar was responding on Thursday to President Muhammadu Buhari's position that "national security" is superior to the the rule of law.Buhari said this at the 2018 annual conference of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) in Abuja.But Soyinka disagreed, recalling human rights [...]

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    Soyinka accuses Obasanjo of awarding oil blocks in return for sexual gratification

Soyinka accuses Obasanjo of awarding oil blocks in return for sexual gratification

Wole Soyinka, Nobel laureate, has challenged former President Olusegun Obasanjo to swear that he never awarded oil blocks in return for sexual gratification while he presided over the affairs of Nigeria.Soyinka spoke in his Interventions VIII series, titled: ‘Quis Custodiet Ipsos Custodes?’ meaning “Gani’s Unfinished Business,” launched recently in Lagos, south-west Nigeria.He said Obasanjo knows him so well that he does [...]

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    Soyinka to Buhari: You can’t honour Abiola and admire Abacha

Soyinka to Buhari: You can’t honour Abiola and admire Abacha

Wole Soyinka, Nobel laureate, has slammed President Muhammadu Buhari for his recent show of “admiration” for Sani Abacha, ex-military head of state.He said Buhari cannot honour MKO Abiola, the presumed winner of the June 12, 1993 presidential election, while also “praising” Abacha, his (Abiola's) “tormentor”.Abacha jailed Abiola in 1994 after he declared himself president, following the annulment of the 1993 [...]

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    Buhari invites Soyinka, Falana, SDP chieftains to Abiola’s GCFR investiture

Buhari invites Soyinka, Falana, SDP chieftains to Abiola’s GCFR investiture

The presidency has released the list of dignitaries expected at the post-humous investiture of MKO Abiola as the Grand Commander of the Federal Republic (GCFR).Abiola was the presumed winner of the 1993 presidential election but the military government of Ibrahim Babangida annulled the results of the election annulled before they were announced officially.Earlier in the week President Muhammadu Buhari announced [...]

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    Kunle Ajibade, renowned journalist, to be honoured at colloquium

Kunle Ajibade, renowned journalist, to be honoured at colloquium

Kunle Ajibade, a renowned journalist and author, who turned 60 on Monday will have his birthday marked with a colloquium led by Wole Soyinka, Nobel laureate.The colloquium, organised by his friends, will take place at the Nigerian Institute of International Affairs (NIIA) on Wednesday by 10am. It will be followed by an evening of poetry slated for 5:30pm at the Freedom [...]

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    Soyinka: Anti-corruption war won’t be won until some leaders pass through EFCC doors

Soyinka: Anti-corruption war won’t be won until some leaders pass through EFCC doors

Wole Soyinka, Nobel laureate, says the struggle against corruption will not be won until some of the country's leaders pass through the doors of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).Soyinka said this on Monday while speaking at the opening ceremony of the 8th Commonwealth Regional Conference for Heads of Anti-Corruption Agencies in Abuja.The professor said the country had been [...]

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    Soyinka to youth: Get involved in politics and stop bothering old people

Soyinka to youth: Get involved in politics and stop bothering old people

Wole Soyinka, Nobel laureate, has called on Nigerian youth to mobilise themselves and get representatives in politics.Speaking with journalists after delivering a lecture at the convocation ceremony of the Elizade University, Ondo state, on Thursday, Soyinka asked the youth to be wary of the “failure” of the previous generation.He also advised them against making mistakes of those “pretending” they have [...]

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    Soyinka and Nigeria’s dinner with the devil

Soyinka and Nigeria’s dinner with the devil

Professor Wole Soyinka was keynote speaker at the maiden annual lecture of the Ripples Centre for Data and Investigative Journalism held in Lagos on March 15. Topic: “Rebuilding Trust in a Divided Nigeria: Can Nigeria be fixed?” The Nobel Laureate did not disappoint. His presentation titled “From Miyetti to Haiti: Notes from a Solidarity Visit” took us on a journey [...]

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    Soyinka: Obasanjo, Jonathan were poor in managing human disasters

Soyinka: Obasanjo, Jonathan were poor in managing human disasters

Wole Soyinka, foremost Nigerian playwright and political activist, says former Presidents Olusegun Obasanjo and Goodluck Jonathan were poor in managing human disasters when both men governed Nigeria.While addressing his audience on Thursday at a dialogue organised by Ripples Centre for Data and Investigative Journalism in Lagos, the Nobel laureate accused Obasanjo of neglecting the plight of victims of the Ikeja [...]

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