My Journey So Far As A Nobel Laureate - Wole SoyinkaMar 17, 2022
i know you were very outraged when ken sarah was killed and this was another instance where the nigerian nation state believes that to kill an idea you kill a few people, instead of pushing to radicalize delta ninja and i know that in Ultimately you became part of the conversation about restoring some cam in that region uh what does it take in your opinion for a country to address what you might call open source generating biafra generating boko haram generating the delta ninja militancy and such, what would it take for our country to see a modicum of peace? neutralized, they do not understand the dialogue, boko haram has to be neutralized militarily, I say this because it does not recognize the dialogue, so for me those are peripheral but peripheral problems that do not subdue them. from the rational process of dialogue to even offering alternative options, etc.
These are obstacles totally dedicated to even harmonious coexistence and have committed crimes against humanity of a horrendous dimension that cannot be addressed simply with amnesty programs like in the delta region which blew up pipes occasionally kidnapped some people we need a genuine inclusive conference real national conference stabs have been taken as you know even at pronoco we try to do that but each one of us has been playing playing with the situation truth and reconciliation and south africa this part of the process but it must not stop at the meeting the conference table the production even a tone that you have to adopt that systematically relates the statement of policy the execution of the projects relates all of that to the outcome the details of the propositions in that so that people feel not just using that to say that the word is proper to that process but to be an integral part of a public impact visible ico of the implementation of the tal land recommendations in 1986 you became the first black african to win the
nobelprize for literature um what has it meant to you as a writer and as a citizen of the world as an intellectual who values highly well what describes that hell to me it has bread demands expectations is bread even envy in some areas one can deal with it but the antagonisms were totally unnecessary but those are part of human life any kind of achievement does that but somehow in the back one by one it feels that in the arts in the art world the creative world we should be different from the rest i think most of us without accepting it we feel it inside so that has been a bit let down now that i missed 90 percent of the rest of my anonymity and i'm someone who enjoys anonymity um so it made me too ambitious to have more money than i've ever seen in my life the result is that i am now permanently broke because being ambitious means you're embarking on projects that you normally wouldn't even talk about because you know you don't have your needs so when you won the award um achebe made a statement um where he said that the
nobelprize didn't make him the ashiwaju of african literature and in a later statement he said he didn't want to be the shivaji of african literature he wanted to be the obe so this was a joke but in what spirit did he receive that declaration?
Do you understand that she opted to be speaking lightly or did you take it as a criticism as a criticism the subject was not even literature when she made that statement and then I was disappointed that it created a nexus between once between my normal life my normal political life sociopolitical life my normal way of articulating an opinion was almost like because i won the nobel prize i have no right to volunteer to do what i used to do all my life so i responded even though i want ted to make a light of him i was a little disappointed you know and I didn't see the need for any of that particular issue that was in dispute to be related to literature so I was like oh now I have to carry this burden for the rest of my life that people will think I'm doing what I used to do before just because now I do and that's a bit uh there are people who feel like there should be a camp on your back and they're showing a camp and they should line up, you know, behind One or another.
I remember coming to the arcade years ago. You were not in the city, but in googie. not a man really yeah you know huh but um yeah but what do you think about showing I said well I'm as much as showing command as a man of achievement you know so I said you don't know my relationship with huh with showing and i said i'm a googie man too you know but there's that feeling of t your binary where and what is for me a lot of it is also what i call ignorance yeah maybe literature is too exposed too and everyone feels they have the right to speak with authority not only about the product but also about the producers. of the product and their positions in society, the way they will pontificate about literature is something I would never do if I'm talking about architects, musicians, although I consider myself a bit knowledgeable about music, um, what else doctors do you know, except a doctor as guilty of negligence or whatever, even lawyers, unless you've been there and seen a lawyer take the case, but people feel that literature is for open territory, yeah, and that bothers me, anyone can be an expert, yes, so Achebe's last book had a country.
I know it's been you, you've been a little bit ambivalent about that book and it created a certain kind of response, actually, in my opinion, it was one of the weirdest responses I've ever had. I've seen a book because there were those who defended the book without reading it and those who are tacticians, but I do know that you read it and and uh, what was the point you made of that final paper? Well first of all it was an honest piece of work in the sense that not only is it a no holds barred comment but um's analytical comments were based on personal experience the part I thought was unfortunate was that it wasn't just a offhand comment, but went to great lengths to suggest that other Nigerians were Envious of ego, I found that a bit disappointing, you know, and totally unnecessary.
All of that is outside of that. with the problem with nigeria etc etcetera so yeah it was a totally informative and educational job unnecessarily i think there is a need for nigerians to know exactly how they see them even one of them in that frank and that is there is a little more left and we'll show you that final part soon you might want to stay tuned i hope you enjoyed your time with us today as always we'd love to get your feedback via any of our on screen social media platforms i'm a lockley kasumu remember that a great book can change your life goodbye
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