Read the World: Wole Soyinka
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A towering global literary figure and Africa’s first Nobel Laureate in Literature, Wole Soyinka is truly one of the world’s greatest living writers. We are honoured to present in partnership with Ake Arts and Book Festival, Nigeria this conversation between Soyinka and cultural journalist Molara Wood as he prepares to publish his first novel in almost 50 years. Of Soyinka’s writing, Toni Morrison said: ‘you don’t see things the same when you encounter a voice like that’ and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie: ‘one of the best there is today, a poet and a thinker, who knows both how the world works and how the world should work’. His new novel, Chronicles from the Land of the Happiest People on Earth is at once a savagely witty whodunit, a scathing indictment of Nigeria’s political elite, and a provocative call to arms from one of the country’s most tireless political activists.