Tunde Adeniran profiles the ‘politics’ of the writings and public activities of the Nigerian Nobel laureate in literature, Wole Soyinka.
To ordinary Nigerians, Soyinka’s politics consists of his strident and persistent practical opposition to injustice and inhumanity in whatever guise. As Adeniran suggests in this book, Soyinka’s oppositional and critical role in Nigerian politics probably has its well-spring in the non-conformist streak that captured the fertile imagination of the celebrated writer very early in his life. Hence, although born into a deeply religious Christian family, Soyinka soon became an acclaimed atheist at a relatively tender age in his secondary school days. Subsequently, at the University College in Ibadan, Soyinka spearheaded the formation of the Pirates Confraternity, whose objectives included the promotion of chivalry.
Author: Tunde Adeniran