Nigeria is in a war zone – Soyinka

Nobel Laureate, Professor Wole Soyinka has said Nigeria is not only at war, but also is in in a war zone.

Soyinka made this statement yesterday against the backdrop of large-scale insecurity in the country while launching his latest novel, Chronicles Of The Happiest People On Earth, a book he published at 86.

“I think we are not merely at war, we are in a war zone, ” the literary icon maintained.

The Nobel Laureate also said there is a high level of insecurity in the country so much so that people now sleep with one eye open and the other closed, and cautioned that unless our leaders allow a decentralization of governance and accept that they have failed, we might have a new set of conflagration along different lines unlike before.

“The term, one eye open and one eye close has become a common parlance everywhere” he said.

Asked how long it took him to write the novel, the Nobel Laureate said it took him forever, adding that writing the book was a problem he dealt with for many years. And he had to escape twice, first to Senegal and then to Ghana before he could concentrate on the book.  And he actually spent about two years to write it.

“I just could not concentrate sufficiently within these borders,” he maintained.

Asked whether he feels things have changed since independence, the literary icon said nothing has really changed, adding that the more things seem to be changing, the more they remain the same.




– PMNewsNigeria

About Delia Innoma

Delia Innoma is a prolific writer, promoter, artist manager with full professional proficiency in English, German and Igbo languages. She studied accounting and computer programming at the Institute of Management and Technology Enugu and Germany respectively. Delia is also a devoted mother of two and she founded the Diamond Celebrities Magazine. Her sense of responsibility and commitment to the Christian faith are essential forces driving her daily activities.

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