The eighth edition of the annual Wole Soyinka International Cultural Exchange Project, WSICE 2017, will take place from July 12 – 15 in Abeokuta, Ogun State, the organisers have said.
The producers of Open Door Series ProjectWS tagged WS83 said the theme for this year is ‘Intolerance: The burden of our moral and national conscience’.
The words, a statement from the organisers said, are taken the project’s Executive Producer, Teju Kareem, who said that “intolerance in all its ramifications (political, religious, ethnic/tribal, cultural etc.) destroys the very fabric of our humanity, reduces us as human beings, upstages our moral conscience and counteracts our claim of desiring a community of civilized people”.
The annual essay competition will feature 83 students tackling the topic — in a reality television-like setting.
“Our aim this year is to explore in totality, with the help of the young minds in our midst, the reasons for intolerance and ways to stop it from destroying our attempt at nation building,” said the executive producer.
Entries are presently being collected from senior secondary schools around the country for the essay competition. All submitted entries will be marked and the 83 students with the highest scoring essays will be invited for the final competition holding July 13 at the June 12 Cultural Centre, Kuto Abeokuta.
In addition, 1000 students from schools in Ogun State will join the 83 for a workshop to introduce to all kinds of creative skills on July 14. They will also be given opportunity to display their individual talents and skills during the workshop.
A tour of the presidential Library in Abeokuta and the famous Olumo Rock from where the ancient city got its name, has been scheduled as well as a movie screening to thrill the students.
Ogun State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, will host the 83 students on July 14, where the results of the final essay competition will be announced, winners awarded and certificates given to all participants.
The students will also visit Prof. Wole Soyinka at his country home in the Ijegba Forest of Abeokuta, where they will have a one-on-one encounter with the Nobel laureate, whose distinguished personality and accomplishments as a global citizen and eminent promoter of the good of humanity, inspired the project. This mentoring session marks a high point of events for the students as they can ask the Nobel laureate any question about his life, career and situations in the local and global politics.