‘I’m Not Afraid Of Death’ – Soyinka Speaks On His 80th Birthday
One of the most admired and respected Nigerians, Nobel laureate, Professor Wole Soyinka turned 80 today, July 13, 2014.
Reflecting on his life at the 80, Soyinka in a recent interview spoke about his upbringing, death, life after death, religion and a host of other topics.
According to the nobel laureate, he is not afraid of death as it is no respecter of anybody.
He also said he does not believe in life after death.
When asked his religion, whether he is an atheist or traditionilist, he said believes all religions are equal as long as they serve humanity.
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Yesterday, in Abeokuta, Ogun State capital, a birthday lecture was organised by the National Association of Seadogs (NAS) in honour of Soyinka.
Congratulating Soyinka on his 80th birthday, President Goodluck Jonathan, in a statement signed by his Special Adviser Reuben Abati, applauded the octogenarian for his dedication and commitment not only for the sake of arts, but also for the promotion of democratic principles.
The poet, novelist and playwright who is known for his harsh critic of military, corrupt or inept governments, has around 30 published works to his name, most of which satirise Nigerian society.
Watch the full interview below: