Nigerian professor Wole Soyinka and Nobel Literature laureate, also one of the giants of African and world literature, and a passionate advocate and campaigner for human rights recounted in a recent interview how his generation failed the new Nigeria.
The professor in an interview a BBC program, Hard Talk with Zainab Badawi yesterday talked about how the older generation of Nigeria, the most populated African country on the planet failed the younger generation of his country.
When he was asked by the anchor, Zeinab Badawi, “Has your generation of older Nigerians failed the people?”, the Nobel laureate replied.
“Yes, I believe so. I compare today with the dreams and aspirations we had when we all rushed home after studies abroad. We considered ourselves the renaissance people that were going to lift the continent to world standards, competitors anywhere. It hasn’t happened.”
Professor Soyinka also spoke on the recently held general election which saw the incumbent Muhammadu Buhari re-elected as president. As Africa’s most populous country, does he believe Nigeria can lead the continent in the 21st century?
“The 2019 election is one of the most depressing elections we’ve been through. Talking for myself, it wasn’t possible for me to make a choice for the simple reason that both candidates (President Muhammadu Buhari and Atiku Abubakar) had histories – one immediate, one past – which made one look for alternatives.”
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