To celebrate the 84th birthday of Nobel Laureate Professor Wole Soyinka, 84 senior secondary school students will analyse three of Soyinka’s poems on July 13, 2018.

This is part of a four-day programme of the ninth edition of the annual Wole Soyinka International Cultural Exchange Project, WSICE, as announced by Open Door Series ProjectWS. The four-day programme scheduled to hold from July 12 to July 15 in Abeokuta, Ogun State, has the theme ‘The pursuit of truth (Truth and the national psyche)’.

According to the Executive Producer of the programme, Teju Kareem, the theme which actually could be interpreted as ‘The pursuit of truth in our country’ is inspired by Soyinka’s preoccupation with the devastating consequences of lies on our national psyche, especially the aspect of fake news.

While arrival and registrations hold on July 12, on July 13, the essay competition involving 84 students, creative workshop, Do Your Own Thing (DYOT) and presentation of drama sketches of WS will hold. The students will write the essay in a reality television-like setting at the 1000-seater amphitheatre in the laureate’s Autonomous Residency Ijegba (ARI) in the forested part of Ibara Housing Estate, Abeokuta. The poems to be analysed will be unveiled to the participants only minutes to the commencement of the essay writing exercise. The 84 students were invited for scoring highest from entries from senior secondary schools across the country.

In addition, 1000 students from Ogun State schools will join the 84 finalists, where they would participate in workshops to varied creative endeavours. The workshops will be conducted by poets drawn from writers organizations domiciled in Ogun State. The students will also be given the opportunity to showcase their individual talents and skills during the workshop and a free expressive creative session called DO YOUR OWN THING.

On July 14, the Ogun State governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, will visit and announce the results of the essay competition and present awards (for winners) and certificates to all participants. The participants would be privileged to have a one-on-one encounter with Professor Wole Soyinka. This is a mentoring session that marks a high point of events for the students as they can ask the distinguished dramatist, poet, political and literary activist and professor of Comparative Literature any question about his life, career and situations in the local and global polities.

The WSICE84 will also feature guest participants from the Southern Illinois University, USA, who will also be on a weeklong tour of key culture and tourism facilities around the country,

The WSICE is a yearly programme initiated in 2010 by the management of ZMirage Multimedia Company led by the technical theatre exponent, and businessman, Alhaji Teju Kareem and the US-based GlobalNewHaven headed by the theatre director and culture scholar, Professor Segun Ojewuyi.

Source: The Nation

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