Nelson Mandela – a celebration of an icon’s life

[Watch]Prof Wole Soyinka speaks on the legacy of Mandela

Friday 22 September 2017 18:10

Dinilohlanga Mekuto

Professor Wole Soyinka took a political principle stance that he would leave the United States if Trump be elected president, he stuck to his word.

Acclaimed Nigerian author and academic, Professor Wole Soyinka is in South Africa to deliver a lecture on the influence of world icon Nelson Mandela.

The lecture titled “Long walk to Mandeland” will explore the legacy of Nelson Mandela and what it means for South Africa and Africa in general.

Professor Soyinka is in the country after he accepted the Distinguished Visiting Professorship in Literature at the University of Johannesburg.

His lecture is one in a series of engagements he will be presenting in the decolonisation project initiative by UJ.

In 2016, Professor Soyinka took a political principle stance that he would leave the United States where he has pursued an academic career across Universities for the past four decades, in an ironic reverse-journey of his politically informed departure from Nigeria in the 1970s.  

The respected Nigerian author and academic promised to leave the USA should Donald Trump win the country’s presidency. Following Trump becoming the American president, Professor Soyinka has made true his promise. He cut up his green card (which allows individual residency in the US) and returns to Africa, specifically his home town of Lagos.   

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