Prof. Wole Soyinka Going Back To America


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Professor Wole Soyinka is going back to America, less than a year after he tore his Green Card following the election of Donald Trump as the president. He will be delivering a lecture from 14-16  November  the Richard D. Cohen Lectures at Harvard University Centre for African Studies.

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“I’ll go in as an alien, an alien from outer space. I love that designation,” Soyinka said in an interview with Financial Times of London published on Friday.

The lectures will be in three parts, under the theme: BEYOND AESTHETICS: Use, Abuse and Dissonance in African Art Traditions

On 15 November, Soyinka will speak on: Heirs to the Procreative Deities – the Yoruba at Large. He ends the talks on Thursday 16 November with the third lecture: From Aso Ebi to NOLLYWOOD.

The venue for the three lectures is  Thompson Room, Barker Center, 12 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA. Richard Cohen lectures

Before the emergence of Trump, Soyinka had  spent much time in the US, where he taught at a number of universities and lived in California with his wife, Folake.

“My life has been involved with the diaspora on a very personal and visceral level,” he said of his interaction with prominent African-Americans.

Donald Trump’s election marked an end to his US sojourn. In what has become known among Nigerians as “Wolexit”, he cut up his Green Card.

“To have some redneck ride into power on the steed of racism was for me too much,” he told the Financial Times.

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