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Nobel laureate Wole Soyinka inspires future generations at Sharjah International Book Fair 2023


Ahmed Mansoor

Thursday, 2 November, 2023 05:07 PM

The Nigerian author asserted, Wole SoyingaThe Nobel laureate for literature said that drama is one of the best means of disseminating knowledge, not only in terms of theatrical content, but in more than twenty different ways, especially in terms of the process of interpreting the text in the field. Dramatic work or teaching drama, where a long search for background is made. Historical, social, political and philosophical analysis of a small event or a very simple idea, and presenting it to an audience in a number of ways.

This came during the “Student Meet with Wole Soyinka” on the second day of the 42nd session of the “Sharjah International Book Fair”, which featured a grand performance of African theater, who inspired the future middle and upper generation. School students visited the exhibition.

Regarding his relationship with the playwright and his published work, Soyinka noted that the playwright wants to see his work on stage and to see his book published, indicating that, unlike the poet and novelist, specializing in playwriting is unproductive. Novels and poetry collections based on publication and profit.

On the factors that drove him to write professionally, Soyinka recalled his childhood days when his father would not allow him to touch the books on his shelf, insisting that curiosity drove him to access those books by any means. He started reading stories and happiness filled his heart, but he soon got bored because the story didn’t change, so he started telling the stories he read while adapting the events from his imagination.

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Touching on the role of technology and communication platforms in writing, Soyinka noted that it is one of the greatest achievements made by mankind in the new millennium.

The writer gave advice to young writers, emphasizing the importance of not forcing themselves down a path they don’t like and don’t feel comfortable with, and that the beginning of the path begins with writing a specific text. and providing school teachers for evaluation, and investing in that evaluation as a catalyst for continuity and growth, not discouragement.

Wole Soyinka won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1986, and in 64 years he wrote 54 works. He is a novelist, dramatist, poet, musician and professor in many of the world’s most prestigious universities like Harvard, Oxford. Yale, New York University in Abu Dhabi and others.

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