Wole Soyinka, in full Akinwande Oluwole Soyinka, Nigerian playwright and political activist who received the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1986 has openly come out it’s hard to believe anyone is in charge in Nigeria.
Soyinka disclosed this on Wednesday while speaking on the various challenges that rocked the country in 2020.
Mr Soyinka, a Professor of Comparative Literature and Nobel Prize winner for Literature in 1986, said 2020 was one of the most pessimistic years for him because of failures of leaders to manage the challenges confronting the nation.
Speaking at the launch of his new book ‘Chronicles of the Happiest People on Earth’, Soyinka stated that it is hard sometimes to believe that anyone is in charge of the country. He added that this is a parlous condition for any nation.
Wole Soyinka said:
”With the turbulence that characterises year 2020, and as activities wind down, the mood has been repugnant and very negative.
I don’t want to sound pessimistic but this is one of the most pessimistic years I have known in this nation and it wasn’t just because of COVID-19, no.
“Natural disasters had happened elsewhere, but how have you managed to take such in their strides?
Was calamity as a result of human negligence or as a result of malignant activities when people find themselves under the control of other beings which I am afraid what most Nigerians find themselves in, it is like you don’t know from where the blow would descend.
That is not the way a nation should be and that is not the way the citizens should exist.
“The situation has reached a point where you are not very sure of where you are going and where you will end it. As I had said before, you don’t believe, in many instances, that anybody is in charge. That, really, is a parlous condition for any nation.“So, I am afraid it has not been a very good year for me generally.”
Soyinka has long been a proponent of Nigerian democracy. His decades of political activism included periods of imprisonment and exile, and he has founded, headed, or participated in several political groups, including the National Democratic Organization, the National Liberation Council of Nigeria, and Pro-National Conference Organizations (PRONACO). In 2010 Soyinka founded the Democratic Front for a People’s Federation and served as chairman of the party.