The Nigerian intellectual scene has been agog with celebrations commemorating the 80th birthday of Wole Soyinka, Nigeria’s only Nobel laureate.
This past weekend, the 6th Wole Soyinka Centre Media Lecture Series held at the Nigerian Institute of International affairs (NIIA), Lagos. The Institute played host to figures from the literary scene who gathered to discuss the writer’s work and his role in the nation building via physical intervention as well as political and social commentary.
Odia Ofeimun spoke about the state of literary readership, bemoaning the situation where an author can hardly sell a thousand copies of a book in a country of about 40 million literates. Others spoke about the decline in education standards that resulted in the country’s youth unable to grapple with Soyinka’s complex gifts.
Although Soyinka was absent at the event, members of his family were in attendance.
Pictures from the event below.