In two days time Wole Soyinka will turn 80. In days ahead a lot of attention is already paid to this epic writer.
One of the important things he has done is giving his name to the ‘Wole Soyinka Prize for Literature in Africa’. The ceremony for 2014 did not take place in Ghana, but in Lagos, Nigeria. This change of venue must be due to the upcoming birthday.
Since the prize has been instituted in 2005 the winner came from South Africa and Nigeria. Does this mean that there is a light version of a literary desert in all the other countries? I cannot believe that.
So what happened this time? A Nigerian winner!
This time Akin Bello, who has written novels and poetry, was victorious. He wrote the play ‘Egbon of Lagos’.