Thursday, August 8, 2019

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    Insecurity: Soyinka calls for state of emergency in south-west

Insecurity: Soyinka calls for state of emergency in south-west

Wole Soyinka, Nobel laureate, says a state of emergency should be declared in the south-west over insecurity in the region.Soyinka said this on Thursday while speaking with journalists in Akure, Ondo state.He said there were many directions of security lapses, adding that measures should be taken accordingly."As regard the insecurity in the south-west, there is an emergency. There should be [...]

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    Nigeria back to Abacha days, says Soyinka on Sowore’s arrest

Nigeria back to Abacha days, says Soyinka on Sowore’s arrest

Wole Soyinka, Nobel Laureate, has described the arrest of Omoyele Sowore, presidential candidate of the African Action Congress (AAC), as a replay of the style deployed by Sani Abacha, late dictator and head of state.Sowore, who has been spearheading calls for a “protest against bad governance”, was arrested by operatives of the Department of State Services (DSS) at his Lagos [...]

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    Soyinka: Buhari can’t handle Nigeria’s problems

Soyinka: Buhari can’t handle Nigeria’s problems

Wole Soyinka, Nobel laureate, says the problems confronting Nigeria are beyond President Muhammadu Buhari's administration. Soyinka spoke when he played host to some students who paid him a visit on his 85th birthday.The literary icon said while state governments differ in success rates, "central government has failed".He called on the federal government to shun partisanship and focus on delivering good governance to [...]

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    ‘One of Nigeria’s greatest prides’ — Buhari hails Soyinka at 85 

‘One of Nigeria’s greatest prides’ — Buhari hails Soyinka at 85 

President Muhammadu Buhari has sent a congratulatory message to Wole Soyinka, Nobel laureate who clocked 85 on Saturday. In a statement issued by Femi Adesina, his spokesman, Buhari described the octogenarian as someone who lives his life for others. “President Muhammadu Buhari sends warm felicitations to Nobel Laureate, Prof Wole Soyinka, on his 85th birthday, July 13, 2019, rejoicing with the literary [...]

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    The conscience of a nation

The conscience of a nation

The cell-phone beeped frantically. With the caller ID with-held, it was easy to surmise that it was either a foreign call or someone preferring anonymity. Pressing the receive button, my hunch was dead right. The baritone voice was unmistakable: it was the literary lion himself roaring from his den on the other side of the Atlantic.“Hey Louis, what’s the trouble [...]

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    Start organising yourselves ahead of 2023 elections, Soyinka tells youth

Start organising yourselves ahead of 2023 elections, Soyinka tells youth

Wole Soyinka, Nobel Laureate, has urged the youth to start organising themselves for leadership positions before the 2023 elections.Soyinka was speaking on the sidelines of the wreath laying ceremony to commemorate the 21st anniversary of the death of MKO Abiola.The ceremony was organised by Women Arise for Change Initiative (WACI) at the late politician’s graveside in Ikeja on Sunday.He said [...]

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    Ruga might spark off an explosion, says Soyinka

Ruga might spark off an explosion, says Soyinka

Wole Soyinka, Nobel laureate, says the proposed Ruga settlement of the federal government is not the best approach to resolving the herders-farmers crisis.The federal government had proposed the idea as a means of addressing the incessant clashes between cattle rearers and farmers.However, many stakeholders, including the Niger Delta elders and some governors, have opposed it.Lending his voice to discredit the [...]

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    ‘I can’t pick a wrong seat and justify it’ — Soyinka speaks on flight incident

‘I can’t pick a wrong seat and justify it’ — Soyinka speaks on flight incident

Wole Soyinka, Nobel laureate, has broken his silence on the incident between him and an airline passenger.Earlier in the week, Tonye Patrick, politician and businessman, had narrated how a young man had asked the scholar to vacate a seat allotted to him on an aircraft.Cole said he was having a conversation with Soyinka when the young man sauntered in, [...]

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    Soyinka’s son hits ‘social media warriors’ over seat saga

Soyinka’s son hits ‘social media warriors’ over seat saga

Olaokun, eldest son of Wole Soyinka, Nobel laureate and literary icon, says his father mistakenly sat on the flight seat belonging to another passenger.Soyinka took centre stage on social media after a passenger asked him to vacate his (passenger's) window seat.Tonye Cole, entrepreneur and politician, who was aboard the aircraft, shared the experience via his Instagram page.Cole's narrative had sparked [...]

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    Soyinka vs ‘Bobo fine’: How Tosin Odunfa fooled Nigerians with satire over seat saga

Soyinka vs ‘Bobo fine’: How Tosin Odunfa fooled Nigerians with satire over seat saga

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    Outrage as aircraft passenger asks Wole Soyinka to vacate seat

Outrage as aircraft passenger asks Wole Soyinka to vacate seat

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    Soyinka: I won’t participate in this year’s Democracy Day celebrations

Soyinka: I won’t participate in this year’s Democracy Day celebrations

Wole Soyinka, foremost playwright, says he will not participate in this year’s June 12 celebrations. In honour of MKO Abiola, the presumed winner of the 1993 presidential election, President Muhammadu Buhari had signed into law, a bill to make June 12 replace May 29 as Democracy Day. In an essay made available to TheCable on Tuesday, Soyinka condemned the conduct of the [...]

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    Soyinka to FG: Don’t ignore Obasanjo’s comment on insecurity

Soyinka to FG: Don’t ignore Obasanjo’s comment on insecurity

Wole Soyinka, nobel laureate, has urged the federal government to consider the comment by Olusegun Obasanjo, former president, on the rising insecurity in the country.The foremost playwright was speaking at an event organised by the United Bank of Africa to mark the 2019 Africa Day, in Lagos, on Wednesday.While delivering a lecture on Saturday in Delta state, Obasanjo had said [...]

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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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