• Obasanjo, Soyinka shower accolades on Ooni of Ife

    Obasanjo, Soyinka shower accolades on Ooni of Ife

    Nigeria’s former President, Olusegun Obasanjo has praised the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, for preserving the custom and culture of Yorubaland.

    Obansanjo noted that within his one year on the throne, the Ooni had done a lot in enhancing peace and cooperation among the traditional rulers in the South-West.

    Speaking during the one year coronation anniversary of Oba Ogunwusi, on Wednesday, held inside the Ile Oodua, where the monarch’s palace is located, he said: “I have been watching the Ooni with […]

  • Keep to your word, cut your green card – David-West tells Soyinka

    Keep to your word, cut your green card – David-West tells Soyinka

    Following the election of Donald Trump as President-elect of the United States, former Nigerian Minister of Petroleum and Energy, Prof Tam David-West, has called on Nobel laureate, Professor Wole Soyinka, to live up to his threat of tearing up his United States Green Card should the Republican candidate win.

    In an interview in Ibadan, David-West, describing Soyinka as a great and honourable man, said should the scholar fail to follow through on his very public threat and return to Nigeria, he […]

  • If Trump wins US election, I’ll destroy my green card, says Soyinka

    If Trump wins US election, I’ll destroy my green card, says Soyinka

    Nobel laureate, Prof Wole Soyinka, has said he would destroy his green card if Donald Trump becomes president of the United States.

    Soyinka said this on Wednesday while giving a speech to students of Oxford University, England, reports the Guardian UK.

    “If in the unlikely event he does win, the first thing he’ll do is to say [that] all green-card holders must reapply to come back into the US. Well, I’m not waiting for that.

    “The moment they announce his victory, I will […]

  • Niger Delta crisis: FG negotiating Nigeria’s sovereignty, says Soyinka

    Niger Delta crisis: FG negotiating Nigeria’s sovereignty, says Soyinka

    Nobel laureate Prof. Wole Soyinka has opened up on his discussion with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja on Thursday, August 11, 2016.

    Soyinka’s meeting with the president on that day was scheduled as private and took place in the Buhari’s office.

    He arrived at the villa and went straight in for the meeting with the president.

    Thereafter, Soyinka told newsmen he discussed “national and international matters, general matters, that’s all.”

    He declined to give further details but said he would hold […]

  • Dialogue with FG: Niger Delta Avengers faction nominates Kalu, Soyinka, others as negotiators

    Dialogue with FG: Niger Delta Avengers faction nominates Kalu, Soyinka, others as negotiators

    Former Abia State governor, Orji Uzor Kalu, Nobel laureate, Professor Wole Soyinka and five others have been named by a faction of the Niger Delta Avengers as members of a committee to dialogue with the Federal Government on behalf of Niger Delta Avengers.

    This was disclosed, yesterday, in a statement signed by Ballatyne Agiri, a contact person for the East and Central axis of the group as well as other splinter militant groups.

    Other members of the team of negotiators include environmentalist […]

  • Some Niger-Delta militant groups have contacted me — Soyinka

    Some Niger-Delta militant groups have contacted me — Soyinka

    Nobel Laureate, Prof Wole Soyinka, has said that some Niger Delta militant groups had reached out to him in their efforts at interfacing with the Federal Government on the current militancy in the region, pleading with the government to genuinely listen to the agitators.

    This came as traditional rulers from the region listed the cessation of hostilities by the military, reopening of Maritime University and release of individuals detained, among others, as conditions for enduring peace. Noble Lareate, Playwriter and Poet, […]

  • I discussed national matters with Buhari – Soyinka

    I discussed national matters with Buhari – Soyinka

    Nobel laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka, on Thursday met behind closed doors with President Muhammadu Buhari.

    The meeting, which lasted about an hour, was held inside the President’s office at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

    Soyinka was accompanied by a former Managing Director, Daily Times of Nigeria, Dr. Yemi Ogunbiyi.

    The agenda of the meeting described as a private one was not made public and the Presidency did not issue any statement on it.

    As he emerged from the President’s office after the meeting, the Nobel […]

  • Those found guilty of corruption should be jailed – Soyinka

    Those found guilty of corruption should be jailed – Soyinka

    Nobel laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka has called on Nigerians to join hands in the fight against corruption, stressing that anyone found guilty should be sentenced to prison.

    Soyinka made the assertion on the side line of activities marking his 82nd birthday in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital on Thursday.

    According to Soyinka, “There is only one way for corrupt people; it ends in the prison. It ends in Ibara or Oba (prisons in Abeokuta) or Kirikiri (Lagos prison).

    “Yes, it’s a battle for […]

  • I’m pro-Biafra – says Soyinka

    I’m pro-Biafra – says Soyinka

    Nobel Laureate, Professor Wole Soyinka has, again, explained his support for Biafran agitators.

    Soyinka said the Igbo people have been so wronged that they have no choice than to consider opting out of Nigeria.

    Prof. Soyinka spoke on Al Jazeera, yesterday where he shed light on his support for Biafra agitators.

    “I am very much pro- Biafra because I recognise that the Igbo have been wronged desperately.

    “They have been brutalised in a way that justifies their feeling that they were not part of […]

  • Buhari’s government inherited a heavy baggage from Jonathan – Soyinka

    Buhari’s government inherited a heavy baggage from Jonathan – Soyinka

    Nobel laureate, Professor Wole Soyinka, believes the Muhammadu Buhari-led government inherited a burden that may take a while to lessen but it must sustain efforts at improving the economy.

    This comes as Nigeria assesses the Buhari administration after one year in office.

    He was speaking to Channels TV in Johannesburg where he is expected to speak at a public lecture entitled Politics, Culture and the New Africa.

    “This administration has inherited a heavy baggage. While I am critical in some aspects of the […]

  • Fuel subsidy: Tinubu, Soyinka, others should apologise to Jonathan – Ijaw group

    Fuel subsidy: Tinubu, Soyinka, others should apologise to Jonathan – Ijaw group

    The Concerned Ijaw Transformation Ambassadors (CITA) has said that Bola Tinubu, Prof. Wole Soyinka, Pastor Tunde Bakare, Hon. Patrick Obahiagbon, John Oyegun and the leadership and members of the Save Nigeria Group to tender an unreserved apology to former President Goodluck Jonathan over the sinister role they played when he announced the removal of fuel subsidy on the 1st of January, 2012.

    This was contained in a press statement signed by Amb. Arerebo Salaco Yerinmene Peters. President, CITA and Comrade Obiri […]