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In August, we reported Kola Tubosun’s essay on Wole Soyinka’s art-filled house in Abeokuta forest. Published on Popula, “A House for Mr Soyinka“—a title alluding to V.S. Naipaul’s novel—has since been shortlisted for the 2018 Brittle Paper Award for Creative Nonfiction.

At 84 years of age, Wole Soyinka’s life lives—to use Teju Cole’s phrasing on a different subject—on the boundary between the contemporary and the historical. Perhaps there has been no African writer or cultural figure whose existence is more storied than that of the white-haired sage. This year, there has been a burst of cultural activity around his legacy: his former residence at Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife was turned into a museum; and the University of Ibadan renamed its Arts Theatre after him.

Here are exclusive photos from Kola Tubosun’s visit. They are credited to Kola Tubosun and Abiola Balogun.

 

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OTOSIRIEZE is a writer, literary journalist, former academic, and Deputy Editor of Brittle Paper. A judge for the 2019 Gerald Kraak Award, he is an editor at 14, Nigeria’s first queer art collective which has published two volumes: WE ARE FLOWERS and THE INWARD GAZE. He is the curator of ART NAIJA SERIES, a sequence of themed e-anthologies of writing and visual art exploring different aspects of Nigerianness: ENTER NAIJA: THE BOOK OF PLACES (October, 2016) focuses on cities in Nigeria; WORK NAIJA: THE BOOK OF VOCATIONS (June, 2017) focuses on professions in Nigeria. His fiction has appeared in The Threepenny Review and Transition, and has been shortlisted for the Miles Morland Writing Scholarship and the Gerald Kraak Award, both in 2016, and a Pushcart Prize in 2015. He attended the 2018 Miles Morland Foundation Creative Writing Workshop. He has completed a collection of short stories, YOU SING OF A LONGING, and is working on a novel. He is represented by David Godwin Associates literary agency. He combined history and literature at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka and taught English at Godfrey Okoye University, Enugu. When bored, the boy just Googles Rihanna. Find him at otosirieze.com, where he accepts editing and writing offers, or on Instagram or Twitter: @otosirieze.

One Response to “Exclusive Photos | Inside Wole Soyinka’s Art-Filled House in Abeokuta Forest” Subscribe

  1. Jahman 2018/10/10 at 00:16 #

    “At 86 years of age, Wole Soyinka’s life lives….”

    SOYINKA WAS 84 THIS PAST JULY…

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