No Nigerian ruler could afford to overlook an intellectual of Soyinka's stature. All the dictators, even Abacha, made overtures to him. Some of their invitations to talk were accepted, and Soyinka from time to time sought them out to ask for support for some social or cultural scheme, or to beg mercy for their victims. He has been criticized for this.Acherson's review gives a concise account of Soyinka's place in the Nigeria's twisted dictatorial history -- a must read for the curious reader.
Friday, June 02, 2006
Wole Soyinka in NYRB
The first African and Nigerian Nobel Laureate Wole Soyinka's new book, "You Must Set Forth at Dawn" was reviewed by Neal Acherson in the New York Review of Books: