Why I Was Disappointed In Chinua Achebe – Wole Soyinka

July 26, 2020
30 Views

Prof Wole Soyinka, has admitted he was disappointed by remarks made by the late renowned novelist, Prof Chinua Achebe, shortly after he (Soyinka) won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1986.

Soyinka revealed this in a chat with Okey Ndibe, aired on Channels Television’s Book Club.

Ndibe during the conversation, recalled how Achebe once said, “The Nobel Prize did not make one the Asiwaju of African Literature.”

He then asked Soyinka how he felt about that statement at the time.

In response, Soyinka said, “The subject was not even literature when he (Achebe) made that statement. I was disappointed that he created a nexus between my normal sociopolitical life and my normal way of articulating an opinion.

“It was almost like because I won the Nobel Prize, I have no right to offer, to do what I used to do before all my life. I responded to it, even though I wanted to make light of it.”

You may be interested

“101 In Lagos, 54 In Rivers” – Nigeria Confirms 371 New COVID-19 Cases As Total Hits 158,042
News
1 views
News
1 views

“101 In Lagos, 54 In Rivers” – Nigeria Confirms 371 New COVID-19 Cases As Total Hits 158,042

Webby - March 6, 2021

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has confirmed 371 new cases of coronavirus, bringing the total number of infections in…

Photos: Saraki condoles with Dahiru Mangal over son’s demise
News
3 views
News
3 views

Photos: Saraki condoles with Dahiru Mangal over son’s demise

Webby - March 6, 2021

The former Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, was in Katsina on Friday to condole with business tycoon, Alhaji Dahiru Mangal,…

EFCC moves to create new directorate
News
News

EFCC moves to create new directorate

Webby - March 6, 2021

The Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Abdulrasheed Bawa, on Friday, revealed that the commission would create…

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published.