“Does He Believe in God”: Nobel Laureate Wole Soyinka Finally Reveals His Religious Status

“Does He Believe in God”: Nobel Laureate Wole Soyinka Finally Reveals His Religious Status

  • Literature great, and Nobel laureate, Professor Wole Soyinka has ended the debate on his true religion
  • When asked about his true religion, the essayist said he does not belong to any religious group
  • He stated that he is a mythologist and believes people have the right to create a myth around themselves

Lagos, Ikoyi - Winner of the 1986 Nobel Prize for Literature, Professor Wole Soyinka has revealed his true position on his religious belief.

According to the renowned essayist, he is does not belong to the Christian community, the Muslim community nor the African traditional community.

Wole Soyinka, Religion
Nobel laureate and playwright Wole Soyinka at the Parma Poesia Festival in 2010. Photo: Edoardo Fornaciari
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Soyinka stated this on Sunday, November 20 at a book lunch held at the Alliance Francaise, Mike Adenuga Centre in Ikoyi, Lagos.

What Soyinka said on his religion

While answering question on what his true religion was, Soyinka said he does not belong to any of the popular religion in Nigeria.

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As reported by PMNews, he stated that he never felt like he needed any of these religions in his life.

Soyinka said:

“Do I really need one (religion)? I have never felt I needed one. I am a mythologist. I believe that people have a right and cannot help creating mythologies around themselves, around their experience about what they project from the inner recesses of their minds as answers to questions.
“And so I find nothing wrong with utilizing mythologies as part and parcel of my creative warehouse.
“But religion? No I don’t worship any deity. But I consider deities as creatively real and therefore my companions in my journey in both the real world and the imaginative world."

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In another development, Professor Wole Soyinka has finally stated his position on the candidacy of Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu and his running mate, Senator Kashim Shettima.

Knowing that both are of the same religious faith, the playwright says he has no issue with both of them being Muslims.

But, he, however, stated that so long the both of them have the capacity required to lead the nation, the it is not a problem going into the 2023 general elections.

Source: Legit.ng

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