Thursday, July 19, 2012
Nelson RolihlahlaMandela:94Years in 67Minutes:Dedicated to Tolulope Adeleru,a fresh morning dew & delicious voice on Radio in Nigeria.
Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela is one of the world's revered statesmen! He led the struggle to replace the apartheid regime in South Africa. He is also the world's most famous prisoner.Nelson Mandela is also well regarded as a great figure of the twentieth century.He was born on July 18,1918. He was born at Muezo,a village near Mthalatha,in the Transkei region of South Africa. In 1962 he was arrested and convicted of sabotage and other charges and sentenced to a life in prison.He went on to serve for 27 years in prison.He spent most of the years at the now famous Robben Island.His long term in prison evoked a lot of sympathy around the world as all African countries deployed a lot of diplomatic entreaties to save Mandela from dying in jail. Nigeria was particularly at the fore front of the struggle to get Nelson Mandela released from prison. Africans living in Africa and Africans in diaspora deployed the arts to end the apartheid regime. In Nigeria, many musicians sang a lot of free Mandela songs till The Madiba, whom i also called my grandfather was released on February 11,1990. He won the Nobel peace prize in 1993 and became the president of South Africa in 1994.He has won more than 250 Awards.He was the president of South Africa for five years from 1994-1999. Since leaving office,Mandela has become the reference point for excellent leadership and statesman ship. He is loved by so many people around the world and the celebrities, former heads of states and other top hats will not conclude their visits to South Africa till they see Dr Nelson Mandela.For a great man who has sown so much good around the world,Dr Nelson Mandela, recently reaped a huge harvest when his daughter,Zenani was named as the South African ambassador to Argentina.
Thursday, July 12, 2012
Professor Wole Soyinka is a distinguished playwright,poet,author and writer. Professor Oluwole Akinwande Soyinka is famous for being the first African in Africa and in diaspora to win the Nobel prize for literature in 1986. He is regarded by many as Africa's greatest writer and one of the world"s most salient dramatist. He was born on July 13,1934 in Abeokuta, Ogun State,South-west Nigeria. He was born into a family with deep religious values.His father, Samuel Ayodele Soyinka was an Anglican minister alongside his mother,Grace Eniola Soyinka whom he described as a wild christian. his mother was a daughter of Reverend Canon J.J. Ransome Kuti of the influential Ransome-Kuti family.The world renowned Afro beat super star,Fela Ransome-Kuti,who later changed his name to Anikulapo-Kuti,Dr Beko Ransome-Kuti,Prof.Olikoye Ransome-Kuti are all Professor Wole Soyinka's cousins. Prof Soyinka read English Literature,Greek and Western History at the University College Ibadan,which was then affiliated to the University of London.He later proceeded to England and studied at the University of Leeds.Professor Wole Soyinka played an active role in the Nigeria's political struggles since the 60's.In 1965, he caused an uproar at the Western Nigerian Broadcasting Service studio when he broadcast a popular demand,for cancellation of the then Western Nigeria regional election. During the Nigeria's Civil war in 1967, he was arrested by the Federal Government of Nigeria, The then military head of state,General Yakubu Gowon puthim in solitary confinement for two years. As a humanist and a protagonist for good governance,Prof Soyinka continues his political struggles till the days of the fiery Military ruler, General Sanni Abacha, and even till date in Nigeria, where his salient opinions on topical issues are well-sought by many Nigerians.In the aftermath of the the killing of Chief Bola Ige,the former attorney general and Minister of Justice,Professor Soyinka described the attitude of the then former president Olusegun Obasanjo administration as 'Dancing on Ige's funeral' He called the current Militant islamic sect Boko Haramism and wondered why the Boko Haram group detest western education.Professor Soyinka also condemned the killing of then leader of the Boko Haram sect,Muhammad Yusuf by the Nigerian Police.He called the recent renaming of the University of Lagos,a dubious way to honor the acclaimed winner of the 1993 Presidential election in Nigeria and asked President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan to declare MKO Abiola, the winner of the 1993 election with the additional befitting honors.Professor Soyinka also said recently in an interview on Aljazeera satellite television that he was not thinking about how he would like to be remembered. He said that it is up to those who care to extract whatever they like on how they would like to remember him.