Time up for ‘history haters’ – Wole Soyinka, Tony Elumelu, Femi Kuti,


By Olayinka Ajayi

It was a convergence of rights’ activists disturbed by the disunity that opened Africa to insecurity and economic degradation.  And the occasion was the ‘AfricaDay’ symposium organised by United Bank for Africa (UBA) and tagged: ‘Africa’s history redefined: Our past, a path to the future’.

hardtalk, Wole Soyinka
Wole Soyinka

NOBEL laureate, Professor Wole Soyinka, was among the discussants and he identified the challenges faced by Africa.

Soyinka said African leaders are not sensitive to the needs for immediate development through history.

“Some time ago in Nigeria, a minister deemed it fit that history be removed from the syllabus. I was shocked. Those who expunged such a discipline from our schools deserve to be expunged from history altogether”, he said.

“Language also contributed to the negative part of our history. We must condemn and resist those who deprived us of freedom and economic liberty and even tried to distort our history.

“The Kuti family,…

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