I Was Disillusioned By Chinua Achebe’s Remark On My Nobel PrizeI Was Disillusioned By Chinua Achebe’s Remark On My Nobel Prize

I Was Disillusioned By Chinua Achebe’s Remark On My Nobel Prize

Wole Soyinka

Wole Soyinka

Prof Wole Soyinka, the Nobel laureate, has stated he was upset by a remark made by the late famend novelist, Prof Chinua Achebe, shortly after he (Soyinka) gained the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1986.

In a dialog with an American-based Nigerian novelist, Okey Ndibe, which was aired on Channels Tv’s Guide Membership, Soyinka stated he thought of the actual comment by Achebe uncalled for and disappointing.

Ndibe had, through the dialog with Soyinka, recalled how Achebe, at one time, stated, “The Nobel Prize didn’t make one the Asiwaju of African Literature.”

He then requested Soyinka how he took that assertion on the time.

Responding, Soyinka stated, “The topic was not even literature when he (Achebe) made that assertion and so I used to be upset that he created a nexus between my regular sociopolitical life and my regular means of articulating an opinion.

“It was nearly like as a result of I gained the Nobel Prize, I’ve no proper to provide, to do what I used to do earlier than all my life. I responded to it, although I needed to make mild of it. I used to be a little bit bit upset and I didn’t see the need; that individual topic, which was underneath rivalry, didn’t relate to literature. So, it was like, oh, am I now to hold this burden for the remainder of my life? That individuals will suppose I’m doing what I used to do earlier than just because I now have a Nobel Prize.”

Requested what he felt about how literary fans usually segregate themselves into both Soyinka camp or Achebe camp, Soyinka stated it boiled right down to “ignorance”.


“Everyone feels they’ve a proper to pronounce authoritatively, not solely on the merchandise however on the producers of the merchandise and their positions in society,” he stated.

The playwright stated he would by no means converse in regards to the works of different professionals, corresponding to architects, musicians, docs, attorneys. and so forth, the means individuals “preach on literature.”

Earlier, when requested what his expertise had been after profitable the Nobel prize, Soyinka stated, “It has bred calls for, expectations; it has bred even envy in some areas – one can address that – antagonism the place completely pointless, uncalled for. However that’s a part of human life; any type of achievement does that.”


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