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    THE INTERNATIONALLY-KNOWN NIGERIAN PLAYWRITE WOLE SOYINKA, RELEASED RECENTLY AFTER DETENTION WITHOUT TRIAL FOR MORE THAN TWO YEARS, SAID YESTERDAY THAT HE HAD KNOWN HE WOULD BE RELEASED SOONER OR LATER....

  • Description


    GARDEN OF MR SOYINKA'S HOME AND STATUES OF AFRICAN GODS; MR SOYINKA SPEAKING WITH REPORTER (SOF).



    TRANSCRIPT: REPORTER: "MR WOLE SOYINKA, IT'S NICE TO HAVE YOU BACK WITH US AFTER SOME TIME. WE ALL KNOW YOU ARE A UNIVERSITY LECTURER, DRAMATIST, A PLAYWRITE OF WORLD CLASS, AND NOT IN ANY WAY A POLITICIAN, DO YOU THINK YOU GOT YOURSELF INVOLVED IN POLITICS IN ANY WAY BEFORE THE AUTHORITIES TOOK YOU AWAY SOME 26 MONTHS AGO?"



    SOYINKA: "OF COURSE I GOT MYSELF INVOLVED IN WHAT WAS HAPPENING, I DON'T KNOW WHETHER YOU'D CALL IT POLITICS OR NOT, I DON'T CONSIDER WAR POLITIC I BELIEVE WAR IS A HUMAN PROBLEM AND I AM A HUMAN BEING. YOU'RE QUITE RIGHT TO SAY I GOT MYSELF INVOLVED, BUT YOU'RE RIGHT TO SAY I AM NOT A POLITICIAN."



    REPORTER: "HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT YOUR RELEASE FROM DETENTION AFTER 26 MONTHS?



    SOYINKA: "MY FEELING IS ONE OF AMAZEMENT, AMAZEMENT THAT IT HAPPENED AT ALL. THIS IS MY ONLY FEELING. I KNEW I WOULD BE RELEASED SOONER OR LATER.... EITHER THAT OR I WOULD BE QUIETLY DONE AWAY WITH IN SOME OBSCURE CELL, IT WAS ONE OF TWO THINGS, SO ONE OF THEM HAS COME TO PASS AND I SUPPOSE IT'S JUST A FACT."



    REPORTER: "WHAT OF YOUR CAREER AT THE UNIVERSITY, IN THE DRAMA WORLD AND ALL THAT?"



    SOYINKA: "WELL, THAT IS MY IMMEDIATE CONCERN. YOU KNOW, WE HAVE LOST SO MUCH TIME ON MANY PROJECTS THAT WE HAD, BOTH THEATRICAL AND FILM, SO MANY THINGS HAVE COMPLETELY BEEN RUINED AND DAMAGED, SO MANY POSSIBILITIES OF CREATIVE WORK HAVE BEEN RETARDED AND AS FAR AS I AM CONCERNED MY IMMEDIATE BUSINESS IS TO PUT ALL THAT RIGHT."




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    Background: THE INTERNATIONALLY-KNOWN NIGERIAN PLAYWRITE WOLE SOYINKA, RELEASED RECENTLY AFTER DETENTION WITHOUT TRIAL FOR MORE THAN TWO YEARS, SAID YESTERDAY THAT HE HAD KNOWN HE WOULD BE RELEASED SOONER OR LATER....OR BE "DONE AWAY WITH IN SOME OBSCURE CELL". THE ANNOUNCEMENT OF MR SOYINKA'S RELEASE WAS MADE ON WEDNESDAY (8 OCTOBER).

    MR SOYINKA WAS ONE OF 151 CIVILIAN DETAINEES WHO WERE RELEASED AFTER FEDERAL LEADER MAJOR-GENERAL YAKUBU GOWON HAD THEIR CASES REVIEWED UNDER A GENERAL AMNESTY.

    A UNIVERSITY LECTURER AND INTERNATIONALLY-KNOWN PLAYWRITE, MR SOYINKA WAS JAILED WITHOUT TRIAL FOR WHAT HE CALLED HIS INTERVENTION TO TRY AND STOP THE COUNTRY'S CIVIL WAR WHEN IT FIRST STARTED.

    IN HIS HOME, MR SOYINKA HAS NUMEROUS STATUES OF PAGAN GODS....HE IS A NON-CHRISTIAN AND A BELIEVER IN PAGAN RELIGIONS.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA6K0FCIWV3YO1HQ9ITP0JK65FE
    Media URN:
    VLVA6K0FCIWV3YO1HQ9ITP0JK65FE
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    12/10/1969
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:55:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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