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Oil has been a curse to Nigeria – Wole Soyinka

Nobel Literature Laureate Wole Soyinka said having oil in large quantities has been a curse to Nigeria rather than a blessing. He was speaking last week at the University of London’s School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) Centenary Lecture.

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The writer and activist explained that oil was a curse “most especially because leadership was so careless and reckless it turned us into a mono product economy. This is very dangerous for any society”.

Soyinka also spoke passionately about his love for Nigeria’s diversity, Pan Africanism and the importance of writers in fomenting dissent against misrule.

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