I apologise for writing this article now. It could have been written long before now but as my people say; the time a man wakes up, is his own dawn. So the professor (Wole Soyinka's) 80th birthday may have come and gone but as I said, I just woke up. So to me, the celebration is still in the air.
No doubt, this literary icon has achieved quite a lot it is no wonder he is loved and admired by many and that he received a cornucopia of compliments from all and sundry during his 80th birthday celebration. From journalists, to politicians, to fellow activists and even those in the pulpit were not left out. The eloquent Bishop Kukah had some good words for the professor. He delivered a sermon for the professor on the pages of newspapers, even if the professor may not be a catholic or even a christian! It does not matter. The church is generous with her gifts, abi Kukah?
Mr Fagbenle of the punch newspapers attributed the professor with William Shakespeare. The original William Shakespeare has the initials WS same as our own Wole and they are both literary icons in their perspective climes. What a comparison? Journalist with words!
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Even the usually sarcastic columnist Okey Ndibe had some nice words for the professor. I must say this very quickly. I have nothing against a man whom the whole world appreciates and admire. He have been a civil rights activists, a voice for the masses. I understand and appreciates that. But if we must all worship Soyinka, should we pretend or turn a blind eye or a deaf ear to his contribution to the introduction of cultism in our institution?
It is understandable that many of this writers went to school during the early pre colonial era, some in Harvard or Oxford Universities, while some like the Bishop Kukah went to the seminary. So it is expected that they do not relate this in their psychophant's write up of the esteemed professor because they do not have an inkling of the havoc cultism have done to us who schooled during this era. Let me remind them.
Since our own William Shakespeare and his “Magnificent seven” (the group of intelligent men that started cultism) sowed the seed of cultism in our institutions, our schools, our families and the society have know no peace. We have sown in the wind and we are reaping the whirlwind. Families have lost love ones, our higher institutions have become a breeding ground for thugs, who come in handy for politicians as agents of electoral confusion and other insidious activities that they are use for.
Our educational sector thus totters in tatters as our graduates are being “certificated” without being educated. For true education is to be found worthy in knowledge and character. I sincerely do not intend to spoil an old man's celebration but just as we must applaud him of his achievements at 80, we must also remind ourselves of the damage he has brought on our children's and unborn generation. Besides, the man died in all who in the face of tyranny and oppression keeps silent.
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