Wole Soyinka On Africa

Thursday, February 07, 2013

Wole Soyinka, winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature, Nigerian poet, writer and playwright, and now author of Of Africa (Yale University Press), talks about African identify, his life and work, and recent news from Nigeria.



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Comments [6]

John A

Should give this a second listen. Two other segments occupied me greatly. When it rains it pours on the BLshow.

Feb. 07 2013 11:53 AM
Erere from New York

I find it interesting that Prof. Soyinka refers to democracy in Nigeria as 'better than the military' and cautions not to 'throw the baby out with the bathwather'. However, Obasonjo et. al the leaders under the military and his cohorts still rule under our so-called democracy. So I ask you sir, is this really a democracy, or merely military authoritarianism masked under a different name? (You could say at least the military was explicit with their self-interested exploitation of the people, unlike this lying so called 'democratic regimes' Nigeria is suffering through currently).
(On the other hand, NPR, thanks for bringing on such a brilliant guest!)

Feb. 07 2013 11:45 AM
fuva from harlemworld

Soyinka calls gayness a "personal choice"...But his advocacy of self-determination and the embrace of indigenous traditions resonates.

Feb. 07 2013 11:43 AM
john from office

Cola nut or Un cola nut, 7up the un cola.

For those who grewup in the 70s

Feb. 07 2013 11:42 AM
jgarbuz from Queens

Your guest identified himself as a Yoruban from Nigeria. Can you ask your guests how are the different tribes and ethnic groups, like Yoruba, Ibo and others getting along with each other these days?

Feb. 07 2013 11:38 AM
Edward from Washington Heights AKA pretentious Hudson Heights

Islamist Boko Haram in Nigeria and the Islamists in Mali and in the Philippines demonstrate that Islamism afflicts the entire world.

Feb. 07 2013 11:36 AM

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