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Again At Risk – The Rights of Lawful Assemblage, By Wole Soyinka

An unnecessary but important reminder: the battle for the right of lawful assembly of citizens in any cause, conducted peacefully, has been fought and won several times over. It is time that this contest is gracefully conceded. It must be consolidated by its routineness as a choice of action at…
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Red Card, Green Card – Notes Towards the Management of Hysteria, By Wole Soyinka

WOLEXIT My exit time schema applies, not yours. If it even becomes convenient to bring it forward, I intend to do so, but please don’t come at me with plaints of time imprecision. I never discussed it with you, nor invited you to a private decision whose execution was already…
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THROWBACK: June 12 Remains the True Democracy Day, By Wole Soyinka

July 12, 2015 The Organising Committee June 12 MOVEMENT of NIGERIA MKO ABIOLA’S Residence 44/46 MKO Abiola Crescent Ikeja, Lagos. Dear Friends and Comrades, Regretfully, I am unable to be with you tomorrow morning. However, I extend a warm embrace to you in your resolve to keep within Nigeria’s short…
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Mohammed Ali at the Ring-side, 1985, By Wole Soyinka

The arena is darkened. A feast of blood Will follow duly; the spotlights have been borrowed For a while. These ringside prances Merely serve to whet the appetite. Gladiators, Clad tonight in formal mufti, customised, Milk recognition, savour the night-off, Show off Rites. Ill fitted in this voyeur company The…
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Pastoralism or Terrorism?: The Killing Culture of the Neo-Nomadic, By Wole Soyinka

– Artwork by Francis Nnamdi Chiedu I have not heard an order given that any cattle herder caught with sophisticated firearms be instantly disarmed, arrested, placed on trial, and his cattle Let me repeat, and of course I only ask to be corrected if wrong: I have yet to encounter…
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