”With the turbulence that characterises year 2020, and as activities wind down, the mood has been repugnant and very negative. I don’t want to sound pessimistic but this is one of the most pessimistic years I have known in this nation and it wasn’t just because of COVID-19, no,” Wole Soyinka, Nobel laureate said.
“What has happened this year 2020, I believe, has damaged or can further damage the media independence in Nigeria. We talk about policy. Currently, some television stations are battling the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC), over the fine imposed on them on the way they covered the #EndSARS protest,” Simon Kolawole, chief executive officer (CEO) of Cable Newspaper.
“If we start chopping off the heads of those whom we considered to have offended our sensibilities, either as individuals or as institutions, especially if such actions terminate the possibility of free expression, even though sometimes there is abuse of that expression,” Wole Soyinka said.
Wole Soyinka, Nigerian playwright, poet, author, teacher and political activist who received the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1986, was born Akinwande Oluwole “Wole” Babatunde Soyinka on July 13, 1934, in Abeokuta, near Ibadan in western Nigeria. In the late 1950s Soyinka wrote his first important play, A Dance of the Forests. In 1960, he founded the theater group, The 1960 Masks. Akinwande Oluwole Babatunde Soyinka Biography and Profile.
“The life of Wole Soyinka has been a subject of discourse for many years now, from his early childhood in Abeokuta, to his early days at the University College, Ibadan, the formation of the Pyrates Confraternity, his most active early days as a writer, the formation of the F. R. S. C., his days as an activist, the NADECO/Abacha days and also his life as a global citizen of the world,” said the curator, Oludamola Adebowale.