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Writers, scholars celebate Soyinka in Lagos


 various arms of the Nigerian art community continue to roll out the drums in honour of Nobel Laureate, Prof Wole Soyinka as he clocks 75, the Lagos chapter of the Association of Nigerian Authors (ANA) will on Saturday, July 11 host writers, journalists and lovers of the literary giant. Soyinka was born on July 13 1934 at Abeokuta, in the old Western Region now capital of Ogun State.

Underlining the importance of the gathering, Chike Ofili, Chairman Lagos chapter of ANA in a release noted “For us as writers, Wole Soyinka remains another living proof that those who save their lives would always lose it, but those who lose their lives for a cause would always gain it”

With the theme, A Critique of the Life and Letters of Wole Soyinka at 75, the event which is expected to bring together writers and readers has been broken into three segments.

Setting the tone for the evening, the first segment which will be moderated by Dagga Tolar, a poet/ activist will feature readings from books, poems, theatre, essays and newspaper interviews of the respected Nigerian man of letters. Following closely in the second segment is careful examination of the theatre productions by Soyinka. The segment which will be moderated by Mufu Onifade, proponent of Araism and chairman NANTAP, Lagos will also feature a panel of speakers including Wole Oguntokun, lawyer, dramatist and Soyinka theatre promoter.

Giving the event an international touch, the third segment to be moderated by Dr Reuben Abati, theatre scholar and chairman editorial board, Guardian Newspapers will parade an array of guest writers including award-winning poets and, journalists such as Dr Maik Nwosu of the University of Denver, U.S.A, Dr Obi Nwakama, Truman State University, U.S.A, Nduka Otiono, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada and Mrs Angela Nwosu also of, Denver, Colorado, U.S.A.

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