Prof Wole Soyinka
Nobel laureate Prof. Wole Soyinka has said that his new book, “InterInventions: Between Defective Memory and Public Lie: A Personal Odyssey in The Republic of Liars” is one of the nastiest books he has ever written and is meant to draw blood.
Soyinka disclosed this on Saturday inside Cultural Centre, Kuto, Abeokuta, Ogun State while speaking at the formal inauguration of The Wole Soyinka Foundation.
The foremost playwright revealed that the new book is about his vengeance against public lies peddled by some certain individuals against his person. The lies, he said, were made worse by the internet and some online publications.
“This is not one of the butterfly books. No, it is not a butterfly book. It is meant to draw blood. I am warning all of you. It is so truthful and hurts. It is the nastiest book i’ve written. It is my vengeance against public lies,” the Nobel laureate told the distinguished audience.
Soyinka and former Nigerian president Olusegun Obasanjo have taken swipes at each other over the latter’s assessment of him in his book titled ‘My Watch’.
After the release of the former leader’s controversial book where he had made some claims against the playwright, Soyinka, at some fora, had described Obasanjo as a “liar”.
Also in May, angry Soyinka had lashed out at various online portals, describing them as “internet infestations”, for crediting an attribution to him where he was said to have described the Igbos as “greedy” group while delivering a lecture at the Hutchins Centre, Harvard University, United States.
“Anyone who believes what I am alleged to have said must be a moron,” livid Soyinka had stated in a terse statement in reaction to the then widely circulated claims.
These two annoying scenarios, Soyinka said, had spurred him to put his response in the …Read More
Source:: PM Newspaper