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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 deputy editor of Brittle Paper. He is a judge for the 2018/19 Gerald Kraak Prize. He is an editor at 14, Nigeria’s first queer art collective, which has published volumes including We Are Flowers (2017) and The Inward Gaze (2018). He is the curator of the Art Naija Series, a sequence of e-anthologies of writing and visual art focusing on different aspects of Nigerianness, including Enter Naija: The Book of Places (2016), which explores cities, and Work Naija: The Book of Vocations (2017), which explores professions. His fiction has appeared in The Threepenny Review and Transition. He has completed a collection of short stories, You Sing of a Longing, is working on a novel, and is represented by David Godwin Associates literary agency. He combined English and History at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, is completing a postgraduate degree in African Studies, and taught English at Godfrey Okoye University, Enugu. Find him at otosirieze.com, where he accepts writing and editing offers, or on Instagram or Twitter: @otosirieze. When bored, he Googles Rihanna.

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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