Nobel Laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka, says there are some names of prominent citizens in Nigeria that he had promised himself never mention again.
Soyinka stated this at the Freedom Park in Lagos during a pre-launch event of his latest book, ‘Beyond Aesthetics’ and the launch of ‘Beautiful: The Exposition’, an art collection.
Speaking about names mentioned in his yet-to-be-released book, Soyinka said: “So, please
don’t come at me and say why don’t you leave this man alone? It’s nothing to do with me.
“It’s just a reality and this is also an opportunity to explain to people that there is nothing really personal about some of these heavy-duty antagonists you see or read about.
“No, no, it is not. It’s taking power on and power turns ugly which is 99 percent of the time.
“There are names in this country I have promised myself I will never mention again. So, I will not mention any names. But if you find any such name here, please have patience.
“Don’t just say what on earth is he giving them? Believe me, it’s unrelated. Aesthetics, allusion for beauty…”
He stated this while calling on the youth to start preparing themselves for leadership positions well ahead of the 2023 elections.