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NIGERIANS WITH INTIMIDATING CREDENTIALS ……..PROF. OLUWOLE AKINWANDE BABATUNDE SOYINKA – A GENIUS – HOW HE DAZZLED HIS COLLEAGUES BY READING FOUR BOOKS, WHILE THEY READ ONLY ONE.

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Prof. Oluwole Akinwande Babatunde Soyinka is known globally, particularly in the literary world simply as Wole Soyinka, and as a Nigerian playwright, poet, and essayist. Soyinka is a human rights and political activist, an attribute he cultivated early in life as a teenager. Soyinka cultivated the habit of reading voraciously early.  The story being amplified here indicates that it is tragic that the values of the society over the past few decades have not helped our society’s development. Chief Solomon Adegboyega Awomolo, Senior Advocate of Nigeria called me sometime last year to commend TERRIFIC HEADLINES for its production of literature. And he asked painfully: ‘’Who reads now? Nobody reads, including educated parents’’   The real story in this piece is how Wole Soyinka, in his days at the Government College, Ibadan, read voraciously. He was able to read four (4) books while his colleagues read only one. That is why a student of the tertiary institution might not know the value of Wole Soyinka’s works. But they would certainly hear  the occasional news of his activities in the media speaking truth to power.  Literary engagements?  Unlikely!  Demonstration of affluence has led to feverish struggles for the acquisition of wealth at all costs by the old and the young, male and female. Here lies the very salient factor that produced armed robbers in a nation that placed great premium on family values, morality and good name. This is one of the reasons why our fundamental commitment on our channels is to the sustenance of our moral and social values. Studies have shown that ‘’ Most children learn to read at six years old and become competent readers by around age eight. However, many children are actually capable of learning to read much earlier’. ‘’A few children are ready to start combining letters and identifying words as early as three years old.’’ Nowadays, there is no parent to tell the moonlight stories, encourage children to read or write essays in order to grow their interests and mental capacities. Most of us now go to the clubs from offices, and from there hit our beds on getting home without even asking the children what they studied in school. Weekends are reserved for socials. The current trend is for men to abandon the home and leave their wives alone to take care of their children. There may be nobody to discuss with the children issues…

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